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City Council (Recommendation)

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many members of the Singapore City Council are elected and how many appointed; and what are the recommendations of Dr. L. G. Hill, who recently held an official inquiry into the local government, regarding the composition of this Council.

Eighteen members of the Singapore City Council are elected and nine are nominated by the Governor. Dr. Hill recommends that all 27 members should be elected.

Is the Minister aware that the Governor recently stated that if we are to win the war in Malaya we must win the minds and hearts of the people there, and that the best way of doing that is to give them self-government, locally and nationally, as quickly as possible?

The Question on the Order Paper relates to Singapore, and the matter has not yet been discussed by the Legislative Council.