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Afforestation, Swaziland

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr George Craddock Mr George Craddock , Bradford South 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the number of Swazi Africans who are employed in positions, other than that of labourer, in the afforestation schemes; the minimum wage paid to labourers; and to what extent the Paramount Chief and Council of Swaziland are consulted about such schemes.

Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester

The answer to the first part of the Question is 546; to the second part, 2s. 4d. a day, plus rations, quarters and medical attention. As regards the third part, the Paramount Chief and Council are consulted on all proposals for the afforestation of land belonging to the Swazi nation.

Photo of Mr George Craddock Mr George Craddock , Bradford South

While thanking the Under-Secretary of State for that reply, may I ask him whether the wages paid are the same for blacks and whites? Is there any discrimination? Are there even opportunities for Africans and whites to qualify for the higher-paid posts? In future, will the Under-Secretary ensure that Africans are brought in on all consultations?

Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Paramount Chief and the Council are brought into consultation on all matters which affect the interests of the Swazi nation. As to details of the comparable wages paid to Europeans and Africans, perhaps the hon. Gentleman would be good enough to put down a Question.