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Provincial Councils

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in setting up provincial councils in Tanganyika; whether these councils will have African majorities; and whether it is intended that their formation shall lead to the establishment of a Central Territorial Council on which African opinion is fully represented.

A Provincial Council will shortly be set up in the Lake Province but its composition has not yet been reported. Experience of its working will serve as a guide to the establishment of other Councils which will be representative of all races and interests and will serve as a training ground for African members of the Central Legislative Council. No decision has been made about the formation of a Central Territorial Council.