HC Deb 27 June 1935 vol 303 cc1270-1
61. Mr. T. SMITH

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, with regard to the commission which is being appointed to investigate the Northern Rhodesian riots, whether, in order to ascertain the views of the natives, he will take steps to secure the addition of a member closely connected with native interests?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

As I informed the House on the 25th June, the commission has not been constituted on the basis of the representation of particular interests. They will have ample opportunity of ascertaining the views of the natives by examination of witnesses.


Is there any organisation among the natives through which they can appoint people who can do this job for them perhaps better than they could do it themselves?


I am anxious to see that the native interests do not suffer through lack of proper representation, and I can assure my hon. Friend that that matter will be watched.

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