Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire (Defence Personnel).

– in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it will be arranged that in the formation of Home Guard, Civil Defence and other local units in the Colonial Empire, as far as practicable the natural leadership of the colonial peoples will be respected and all superior ranks be opened to men of capacity and leadership, without regard to colour?

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

There is no bar on grounds of race or colour to membership of Home Guard and Civil Defence units in the Colonies, and my Noble Friend is confident that selections for the more responsible posts in those organisations are based solely on merit and capacity for leadership.

Mr. Creech Jones:

Will the right hon. Gentleman give serious attention to the development of Home Guard organisations under the natural leadership of the Colonial people involved?