Oral Answers to Questions — Nyasaland (Native Recruits).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Africans of Nyasaland recruited for service with the Forces will be employed out of the territory, and on what duties; whether adequate arrangements are being made for their health and welfare, with dependants' allowances and provision for injury and death; and whether he will have regard to the social and other effects of this additional drain on the manhood of this Dependency?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Africans of Nyasaland who volunteer for service in the East African Forces are recruited on the same terms as those from the other African Dependencies. They are employed on general military duties and are liable for service outside the Protectorate. Adequate arrangements exist for the health and welfare of all members of the African Colonial Forces, and provision has been made for the grant of death and disability awards. The rates of pay, etc., approved for the East African Forces are applicable to recruits from Nyasaland. As regards the last part of the Question, my hon. Friend will remember that in the reply to his Question of 14th August, 1940, it was stated that the question of the migration of labour is kept under constant review with particular regard to its effect on the social and economic welfare of the Protectorate. The same considerations are naturally being borne in mind in connection with recruitment for the East African Forces.