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Diplomatic Missions

Volume 648: debated on Thursday 9 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how many officers there are in the United Kingdom diplomatic missions in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone, respectively; and how many officers in these missions, and of what rank, have previously served in British Colonial Territories in Africa.

There are 16 Commonwealth Service officers of Administrative grade serving in the British High Commissions in West Africa—8 of them in Nigeria, 5 in Ghana and 3 in Sierra Leone. Of these 16, 3—a High Commissioner, a Deputy High Commissioner and a Counsellor—have had previous service in British Colonial Territories in Africa: another 3 have served in other C.R.O. posts in Africa. Over one-third, therefore, of the C.R.O. administrative staff in West Africa have had previous government service in Africa.