HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 cc2307-8
22. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is satisfied that representation of African opinion on the Legislative Council of Uganda is best secured by the appointment of African officials nominated by the Government; and whether he will consider establishing closer contact with the people themselves by leaving the selection in the hands of the native authorities.

Mr. George Hall

The representative from Buganda is in fact nominated by the Kabaka from among his three Ministers. The other two representatives are selected by the Governor in rotation from the Prime Ministers of the States of Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole in the Western Province and the Secretaries-General of the native administrations in the Eastern Province respectively.

Mr. Turton

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it unwise to limit this selection to Prime Ministers? Would it not be much wiser to try to get men who are not Prime Ministers and who represent the peasants?

Mr. Hall

We are hoping to appoint from native provincial councils which have been set up. A very good, start has been made in that direction.