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 think I can give the hon. Member the facts. In the return which was issued in 1938 the qualifications are not given in connection with the respective Colonies, but in the case of Barbados, for instance, there are 24 members of the Legislative Council. There is a population of 190,000 people, and only 3.4 per cent. are qualified to exercise the franchise. So it is perfectly clear that Barbados cannot be described as a Colony in which you have self-government.