Colonial Affairs.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

I must correct my hon. Friend. There is no responsible self-government in Barbados. The Legislative Council is entirely elected and it is representative in a way, but is he aware of the restriction of the franchise? I am making a statement now without having the actual figures in my head, but the percentage of electors in Barbados who exercise the franchise is about six or seven, whereas in this country the percentage of voters who exercise the franchise is over 50. So the Government of Barbados does not represent the people; it has no executive authority.