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Budget Proposals

Volume 655: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1962

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16.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking about the Budget proposals for the Seychelles, following the unanimous vote of the unofficial members of the Legislative Council against them.

I am satisfied that the Budget proposals are sound and that the Governor was entirely correct in using his casting vote in favour of the Appropriation Bill as a matter of urgency. I, therefore, do not propose to intervene.

Is it not the constitutional position that, when the unofficial members of the Legislative Council are unanimous, the Governor may not use his vote without the consent of the Secretary of State for the Colonies? Has the right hon. Gentleman given that consent? Will he put in the Library the Budget proposals so that we may make up our minds about them?

I will put in the Library all the information I can. I have satisfied myself that the Governor's action is entirely in accordance with constitutional practice and with the undertakings given in the past.