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Volume 414: debated on Wednesday 17 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can now make a statement regarding the proposals for constitutional reform in Nigeria, and when these are likely to be implemented.

I regret that I am not at present in a position to make a statement on this matter but I hope to be able to do so shortly.

When the Minister has formulated his final proposals for Nigeria, will he bear in mind the widespread protests made by Nigerian organisations against the proposed qualification of £100 for the exercise of the franchise in relation to the proposed central legislative council?

All the representations which have been made have been considered, and in many cases they have been met and granted.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I gave a pledge to the last House of Commons that before this Constitution was implemented, the House would have an opportunity to discuss it, and does he propose to follow the same course?

We are aware of the pledge. It may be a question of holding up the Constitution if a Debate takes place—that is, provided the stress of Parliamentary time is what it is at present— but if there is any alteration I will consult the right hon. and gallant Gentleman.