asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decision he has made regarding the indirect election in Sierra Leone in the case of the Protectorate and direct election in the case of the Creoles in Freetown in the Colony.
I assume that the hon. Member has in mind the representations made to me last month by a delegation of the National Council of the Colony of Sierra Leone. These related mainly to the constitution which was brought into force last year after the most careful study of representations (some of which were met) by the National Council and other bodies. I hope that the political parties in Sierra Leone will co-operate in working the present constitution so that it may be possible to introduce new franchise arrangements before Sierra Leone's next general election, which in the ordinary course will fall to be held in 1956.