Legislative Council (Africans)

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Rhodesia – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:00 am, 26th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why it is necessary for the two African members of the Northern Rhodesia Legislative Council to be nominated by the Governor, in view of the fact that they are chosen by secret ballot by the African Representative Council; and whether he is aware that this final nomination is regarded by Africans as throwing doubt on the validity of their choice.

Mr. Creech Jones:

The two African members are not nominated by the Governor. They are selected for appointment by the African Representative Council in secret ballot and appointed by the Governor by Instrument under the Public Seal. Under existing constitutional arrangements, the Governor must accept the selections made by the African Representative Council; and the two present members were in fact selected by this Council. I am not aware that any doubts about the procedure exist among Africans.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Can we have a categorical assurance that there is no power of veto on the part of the Governor once these representatives have been elected?

Mr. Creech Jones:

No, these are selected by the African Council themselves.