Local Government, Africa (Policy)

Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Dumpleton Mr Cyril Dumpleton , St Albans 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has yet been able to prepare a general statement of policy on local government in Africa.

Mr. Creech Jones:

No general statement has yet been prepared. The policy on African local government was discussed at the Governors' Conference last year and will be further discussed at the African Conference in September. I am also expecting a report on this subject from Lord Hailey, who has recently returned from Africa.

Photo of Mr Cyril Dumpleton Mr Cyril Dumpleton , St Albans

Will my right hon. Friend say whether it is intended to issue a statement upon the development of local government, particularly as it concerns the Africans?

Mr. Creech Jones:

Consideration will have to be given whether it is desirable to issue such a statement. A number of circulars have already been directed to the African Governments.