Community Development Department (Staff)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 30th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the present staff strength of the Community Development Department in Bechuanaland; and now many additional staff are required to introduce a viable programme throughout the territory.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

Two Community Development officers, six assistant Community Development officers and 18 Community Development assistants. Ideally, the Bechuanaland Government would like to have an additional 92 trained village workers plus the necessary supervisory staff.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Will my right hon. Friend agree that the building up of central administration in Bechuanaland must be reflected in a building up of administrative resources at local and provincial level? Can he give evidence of what support we are giving in this respect?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

I agree with the general proposition my hon. Friend puts to us. The administrative costs of the Food for Work scheme will be met from CD. and W. funds. Talks will be held in London next month on financial aid to Bechuanaland after independence.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West

Will my right hon. Friend accept the general view in Africa that Africanisation of the Civil Service and services of this kind is important, and no more important than here in view of the contiguity of South Africa? Will he look at this matter particularly bearing in mind Question No. 7?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

We are helping in every way we can, and will continue to do so. Three administrative officers and eight executive officers are being employed in the organisation of famine relief projects.