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Mauritius (Civil Commissioner)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what duties attach to the post of Civil Commissioner in Mauritius; and what steps have been taken to reorganise the administration as a result of the recommendations of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the riots of 1944.

The Commission of Inquiry into the disturbances of 1943 recommended, inter alia, that contact between the Administration and the people in the outlying parts of the island should be improved. Two posts of Civil Commissioner were accordingly created in 1946 and I have recently approved the creation of a third post. Besides the normal administrative duties in the field the Civil Commissioners are responsible for maintaining close liaison between the people and the Government and vice versa, and also for encouraging the growth of local government institutions.