Constitution

Oral Answers to Questions — Sierra Leone – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1958.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 10th July 1958

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the proposals of the Sierra Leone Government, as embodied in Sierra Leone Sessional Paper No. 1 of 1958, have been approved.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

Yes, Sir. After discussions at the end of last year, the Sierra Leone Government submitted formal proposals in March for changes in the Constitution which involve the creation of an all-African Executive Council under the Governor. These proposals have been approved. The drafting of the necessary instruments is nearly finished and I hope the changes can be put into effect quite soon. I am arranging for copies of the Governor's despatch and of my reply to be placed in the Library of the House.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that information, may I ask him what powers still remain to Her Majesty's Government?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

That will be clearly shown in the communications I shall place in the Library. I will take the opportunity of saying that, in the view of Her Majesty's Government, Sierra Leone Ministers have shown every evidence of responsibility.