HC Deb 02 August 1944 vol 402 cc1388-9
62. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the continuing political and economic unrest in Cyprus, due to the conditions prevailing in the island, when it is intended to formulate a democratic constitution there.

Colonel Stanley

The present policy of the Cyprus Government is to establish representative institutions in the sphere of local administration in Cyprus before extending them to the central machinery of government. A beginning was made last year by the restoration of elected municipal councils. Proposals are now under consideration for establishing a similar system of local administration through elected councils in rural areas. If, as I hope, these councils prove a success, it will be possible to contemplate the constitution of a legislative council with unofficial elected representation.

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