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Commission Of Inquiry, Gold Coast

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action it is proposed to take on the Report of the Martindale Commission of Inquiry into irregularities in connection with dollar exchange and import licences in the Gold Coast.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the replies which I gave on 19th March and 2nd April to my hon. Friend, the Member for Penryn and Falmouth (Mr. King). Disciplinary action under Colonial Regulations is being taken against one of the two officers of the Colonial Service principally concerned and the pension of the other officer, who has retired, is being withheld under the Pensions Legislation of the Gold Coast. Both these officers have made representations in their own defence which are at present under consideration. Both the Customs and Supply Departments are now in charge of officers in whom the Governor has every confidence.