Ceylon (Constitution).

Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya. – in the House of Commons on 8th March 1939.

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Photo of Sir Alexander Stewart-Sandeman Sir Alexander Stewart-Sandeman , Middleton and Prestwich

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can tell the House the result of the meeting of the All-Ceylon Tamils, held in the town hall, Colombo, on 26th February, 1939, regarding the proposals of His Excellency the Governor for the reform of the constitution of Ceylon?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

I have received through the Governor a telegram from the promoter of this meeting. The telegram states that the meeting unanimously rejected the Governor's proposals for the reform of the constitution, and made certain alternative suggestions, including the appointment of a Royal Commission.

Photo of Sir Alexander Stewart-Sandeman Sir Alexander Stewart-Sandeman , Middleton and Prestwich

Does the right hon. Gentleman feel inclined to send a Royal Commission to satisfy this very important minority?

Mr. MacDonald:

I am awaiting the result of the discussion which is to take place in the Council of State in Ceylon in the course of the next few days.

Mr. MacDonald:

I must await the discussion and the Vote before taking further steps in the matter.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Has the right hon. Gentleman had under consideration the question of this minority problem in Ceylon?

Mr. MacDonald:

Yes, Sir. It has received careful consideration by the Government and myself, and we are fully aware of the differences of opinion.