Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica (Constitutional Changes).

– in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement on constitutional changes in Jamaica?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Yes, Sir. The proposals are contained in a dispatch which my Noble Friend addressed to the Governor of Jamaica on 5th January, and copies of the dispatch are being placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Creech Jones:

May I ask whether these constitutional changes can be regarded merely as an instalment towards full self-government in Jamaica, and further, whether in these changes any concessions have been made in the direction of responsible government in addition to representative government?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I would not attempt to summarise an important dispatch in a few sentences. Therefore, I thought it wiser to place it in the Library of the House.

Mr. Creech Jones:

Will the Minister appreciate the point that the important thing is responsible government in addition to representative government; and will he see that steps are taken in that direction?