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West Africa (Legislative Constitutions)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 12 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has under consideration a revision of the legislative Constitutions of our West African Colonies, particularly with a view to the extension of self-government in the coastal areas?

I cannot at this stage add anything to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 14th April.

Is it not time, in view of the fact that our declared policy is to give self-government in our Colonial Empire, for something to be done in the West African Colonies, after the change in Jamaica?

I do not think that that. necessarily follows. Changes to be made in any Colony must depend on the conditions in that Colony. We are anxious to see an advance there, as elsewhere.

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give an assurance that this matter of constitutional development in West Africa will be seriously considered?