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Radio-Malaya (Mr Alex Josey)

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the reasons for not renewing the appointment of Mr. Alex Josey, of Radio-Malaya.

Mr. Josey's contract was not renewed because the Malayan Governments decided that it was desirable to have someone fresh in the post. The Malayan Governments have made it clear that the decision in this case does not imply any reflection on Mr. Josey's personal integrity or professional ability.

Can we take it from the concluding words of that answer that the right hon. Gentleman is satisfied that there was no foundation whatever for the allegations made in this House a fortnight ago that Mr. Josey was a man of known Communist sympathies and that the T.U.C. had protested against his appointment?

I should not have paid a tribute to his integrity if I had thought he was working for the other side as well as for us.

Does the right hon. Gentleman share my view that during his period of office Mr. Josey contributed material which was a very important part of our work in Malaya?