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Constitution (Report)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken towards the realisation of self-government in Nigeria.

At the suggestion of the Governor, the Legislative Council has been considering at its recent Budget Session the steps to be taken for a review of the present constitution of Nigeria. I have just received from the Governor the Report of a Select Committee of the Council on this subject which is unanimous and has been unanimously accepted by the Council. I am arranging for a copy of this Report to be placed in the Library of the House. The Governor will make a statement on the Report shortly, the text of which will be published simultaneously in this country.

Pending that inquiry, might I ask whether local interests will be considered so as not to prejudice any development in Nigeria until the Report has been received?

The Report has been received. It is the Governor's statement which is being considered.