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Legislature (European Seats)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 27 October 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the statement by the Governor of Northern Rhodesia on 12th October to the African Representative Council to the effect that there would always be reserved seats for Europeans in the Northern Rhodesian legislature; and whether this represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Governor of Northern Rhodesia included the following statement in his speech on 12th October, 1954, to the African Representative Council:

"It is the stated policy of Her Majesty's Government, and this policy has been stated repeatedly by successive Secretaries of State for the Colonies, to develop Northern Rhodesia for the benefit of all the people of whatever race who live in it. Europeans in this country are going to stay in this country. Many of them are already in their second and third generations and those people are as much natives in this country as any African.
If Europeans stay in a country those Europeans must share in the government of the country and I say to you again that there will never come a time in Northern Rhodesia when all members of the Legislature are Africans, unless it be because the Europeans and the Africans together have put them there.
Of course, the opposite of this is also true. We have African members in our Legislature today and there will never come a time in Northern Rhodesia when we do not have African members in the Legislature unless it be because at some time in the future the Africans and the Europeans together do not happen to have put them there."
This statement is entirely in accordance with the policy of Her Majesty's Government.