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Central African Council

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if a statement will be issued on the working of the new Central African Council; when it was constituted; how often it has met; and what progress is being made.

The Council held its first meeting on 24th to 26th April, 1945, and inter alia considered its draft Constitution, which was agreed and subsequently accepted by the three Governments concerned. A copy is being placed in the Library of the House. As provided in the Constitution, standing committees have been set up on civil aviation, public health (including medical research and the prevention of disease), public relations, African housing and economic and industrial problems. No doubt the appointment of others is being considered. A Council Secretariat has been established and a Chief Secretary appointed. The second meeting of the Council was held from 23rd to 25th October. At both meetings the Council discussed a wide range of subjects, including migrant labour, industrial problems, research, trade, finance and currency, the after care of African soldiers and other problems of common interest to the three territories. Excellent progress has been made.