HC Deb 22 January 1941 vol 368 c164
37. Mr. David Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has considered urgent represensations from the Taxpayers' Association of the Seychelles Islands pressing for publicly elected representation upon the Legislative Council, a free Press, and the right of reasonable public criticism as exercised in this country; and what steps are proposed in the matter?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)

A series of representations about affairs in the Colony of Seychelles has recently been addressed to my Noble Friend by the Seychelles Taxpayers' Association. These representations will be considered as soon as the report, which the Governor is preparing on them, is received.

Mr. Adams

Can the Minister say when the report is likely to be received?

Mr. Hall

I am afraid I cannot.

Dr. Haden Guest

Is it not a fact that a previous report on this precise subject has already been presented to the Colonial Secretary?

Mr. Hall

I cannot say that.