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African Colonies (Executive Councils)

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider extending to African Colonies, notably Northern Rhodesia, the principle which is being introduced into the administration of the Windward Islands, namely, that all members of the Legislative Councils shall vote for the selection of their representatives on the Executive Council.

As far as the East and Central African territories are concerned, I do not consider that at present a change should be made on the lines suggested. As regards West Africa, under the new constitutional arrangements for the Gold Coast members of the Executive Council will be selected by the Governor subject to a favourable vote in the Legislative Council.