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Constitution

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recent amendments have been made in the Constitution of British Guiana?

The Constitution has been amended in the following principal respects:(1)

Legislative Council.

Previous Members.

Colonial Secretary,

Attorney-General,

Ex officio.

8 nominated official members,

5 nominated,

14 elected, Unofficial members.

New Members.

Colonial Secretary,

Attorney-General,

Colonial Treasurer,

Ex officio.

7 nominated,

14 elected, Unofficial members.

All the official members with the exception of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney-General and the Colonial Treasurer have, it will be seen, been withdrawn, and the elected members have been placed in a majority in the Council.

The number of nominated unofficial members has been increased from 5 to 7 in order to permit of nominations covering a wider field than previously.

(2) Executive Council.

The Executive Council has been reconstituted to consist of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney-General and the Colonial Treasurer ex officio and 5 unofficial members of the Legislative Council instead of as previously, the Colonial Secretary and Attorney-General ex officio, 4 official and 5 unofficial members of the Legislative Council.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement regarding the new Constitution for British Guiana, giving some indication of its terms and showing, particularly, the extent to which the suffrage has been extended?

I would invite the hon. Member's attention to the reply which I have given to a Question by the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones) regarding the British Guiana Constitution. The question of suffrage is under consideration by a local Franchise Commission; and accordingly no change has yet been made in this respect.