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Kenya And Northern Rhodesia (African Representation)

Volume 414: debated on Wednesday 17 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is intended to extend the representation of Africans by Africans in the Legislative Councils of Kenya and Northern Rhodesia.

It is the general policy of His Majesty's Government to provide for the increasing representation of Africans by Africans in the legislative councils of the East and Central African Territories. I hope to have the opportunity of discussing the position in Kenya, where there is already one African member, with the Governor during his forthcoming visit to this country. The position in Northern Rhodesia is that Provincial African Councils have been set up and are making progress. When these have had sufficient experience an African Central Council will be assembled consisting of delegates from the Provincial Councils, and it is the intention that African members from this Central Council should in due course sit on the Legislative Council to represent African interests. At present African interests are represented by European members, the number of whom has recently been increased from one to three. I will write to the hon. Member to explain the position in Northern Rhodesia more fully.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he expects the Governor of Kenya to be in this country?

I think at the end of this week, but I will let the hon. and gallant Gentleman know.