HC Deb 29 March 1944 vol 398 c1420
30. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have recently been taken in Gambia to increase the association of Africans wtih the Central Government.

Colonel Stanley

Hitherto, African representation on the Legislative Council has consisted of three out of four unofficial members, all nominated by the Governor. Recently, however, I have approved proposals from the Governor which will introduce the principle of election. These proposals provide for the election of one member to represent the one urban constituency in the territory, and for the nomination of three members. Two of the latter must be Africans, and one of the two Africans will represent the interests of the Protectorate as distinct from the Colony. The necessary instrument for implementing these proposals is now under preparation.

Sir Herbert Williams

Are both sides represented, having regard to the curious shape of this Colony?

Colonel Stanley

Yes, Sir, just like both sides of the street in the hon. Member's constituency.

Sir H. Williams

This is a serious and not a frivolous question. Gambia is about 300 miles long and six miles wide and a river runs down the centre. There is a difference between the North and the South.

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