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Constitutional Conference

Volume 655: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will now make a statement in detail of the problems discussed and decisions reached at the recent Kenya Constitutional Conference.

The position remains as indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) and the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway) on 6th March.

Has the Minister realised that a great many of the frustrations which have occurred at this conference arose from the fact that the conferees entered the conference with rigid preconceptions and insisted upon them instead of tackling the relevant problems in the true spirit of conference?

I think there is a great deal in what the hon. and learned Member has said. We are hoping to get a more forthcoming spirit in the conference and we think that is developing.