HC Deb 18 March 1942 vol 378 c1502
40. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies what proposals have recently been made for altering the Legislative Council of British Guiana?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

Following the recommendations of the West India Royal Commission, it is proposed that the Legislative Council should be re-constituted by the withdrawal of all official members, except the Colonial Secretary, Attorney-General and Treasurer, and by an increase in the number of nominated unofficial members from five to seven, in order to permit of nominations covering a wider field than at present. This will give the elected members who number fourteen a decisive majority on the Council. A motion was passed by the Legislative Council on 30th January, asking for re-constitution of the Legislature on these lines, and steps for the necessary amendment of the instruments are being taken. The question of the franchise has been referred to a Franchise Commission.