Oral Answers to Questions — African Colonies (Military Service).

– in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether compulsory military service has been applied to white inhabitants in our African Colonies on the same lines as in this country; and whether any compulsory military service is imposed on native inhabitants?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

In Kenya, Uganda and the Tanganyika Territory and the West African Dependencies, male British subjects and Africans are liable to compulsory military service. In Northern Rhodesia, the Compulsory Military Service Ordinance applies to male British subjects only, and in Nyasaland, male British subjects are liable to service in the Nyasaland Defence Force. In certain African dependencies, both Europeans and Africans have been called up under the military service Ordinances but my Noble Friend has no detailed information as to the numbers so recruited.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Will natives called up under this Ordinance have the same allowance for dependants as is available to white conscripts?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question on that subject.