HC Deb 19 November 1947 vol 444 cc1125-6
27. Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if in staffing the overseas corporations he will consider the employment of suitable administrative and engineering officers who have had experience in India and Burma and who, owing to recent changes of policy, have been dismissed or have reduced prospects in those countries.

Mr. Creech Jones

The Bill proposes that the Colonial Development Corporation should be responsible for the engagement of its own staff. I understand that the Chairman-Designate has already been in negotiation regarding the recruitment of officers from India and Burma, and I have no doubt that the Corporation will make every use of this possible source of supply.

Sir I. Fraser

Will the right hon. Gentleman watch this position, taking the view that His Majesty's Government have some responsibility for old servants, or even young servants, whose careers are affected by their policy?

Mr. Creech Jones

That is very much in our minds, and we have already absorbed some of these men.

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