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Volume 643: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the preparation of the Constitution for Malta as recommended by the Blood Commission.

The drafting of Constitutional Instruments is now in hand and I hope that the new Constitution will be ready in time for elections to be held before the end of the year.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will now concede the right of self-determination to the people of Malta, so that policy on this matter may be in line with Her Majesty's Government's policy in other parts of the world.

As I made clear in my statement to the House on 8th March, the new Constitution for Malta has as its immediate aim the return to elected Government. It has never been suggested that it represents the final stage of Malta's constitutional development.