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Constitutional Changes

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Secretary at State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the proposals of the Government of the Federation of Malaya under which the unofficial members of the Federal Legislative Council in Malaya are to be appointed as heads of Government departments in the Federation.

The proposals to which my hon. Friend refers are set out in Federation of Malaya Council Paper No. 49 of 1950, copies of which have now been placed in the Library of the House. I am sure that hon. Members will welcome these proposals, which are designed to entrust to local citizens certain high responsibilities for the conduct of public affairs.