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Colonial Service (Conditions)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that certain fully-qualified educationalists have rejected offers made by his Department and accepted similar posts, at much better conditions, made by the Sudan Government Service; and whether he is satisfied that the terms of appointment in the Colonial Service are adequate to attract the best type of educationalist.

I do not know the cases to which the hon. Member refers, or when the officers in question refused appointments in the Colonial Service. The adequacy under postwar conditions of the salaries and other conditions of service offered by a number of Colonial Governments, is at present the subject of inquiry. The recommendations of the Harragin Commission for improving conditions of service in West Africa have just in the main been accepted; other Commissions are now inquiring into the matter in East and Central Africa, and elsewhere