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Constitutional Changes

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

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35.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has received the Governor's Report of the debate of 14th and 15th November in the Legislative Council of Tanganyika on the proposed new constitution for the Colony; and whether he will make a statement.

I have received from the Governor his verbatim record of the debate referred to, but I have not yet received his final views on the recommendations for constitutional changes which have been under consideration. I have no statement to make at present.

Does not this suggested new constitution mark a step forward in that it will give parity of representation to the African, to the European and the Asiatic peoples there?

These matters which are under consideration are very important, and when the Governor is able to write to me—which I hope will be in the next two months—I will take the opportunity of answering a Question.