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Central Africa

Volume 656: debated on Tuesday 27 March 1962

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asked the Prime Minister if he will take the necessary steps towards the appointment of a junior Minister specially charged with assisting the Secretary of State for the Home. Department in the Department of Central Africa.

I would refer my right hon. Friend to what I said in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland. South (Mr. P. Williams) during Questions last Thursday.

Does my right hon. Friend recognise that it is very important that Ministers dealing with the problem of Central Africa should visit Central Africa and see the problems on the spot? Before the recent change there were five Ministers qualified to make such journeys. It would be helpful if more than the Home Secretary were able to do this at times.

We are watching this, but the machinery has just been set up and we shall watch it carefully, and if it is necessary a junior Minister will be appointed.