HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 c28
78. Mr. Driberg

asked the Under-secretary for State for Burma what progress has been made in the preparation of electoral rolls and the other preliminaries to a general election in Burma.

The Under-Secretary of State for Burma (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

The preparation of the electoral rolls cannot be undertaken until the basis of the franchise has been settled. This is under urgent examination in Burma and proposals will in due course be laid before this House.

Mr. Driberg

Since my hon. and learned Friend has now indicated definitely that Burma is to have self-government within the next four-and-a-half years, will he do all he can to expedite this matter, so that Burmese politicians can have as much experience as possible of representative government?

Mr. Henderson

I can assure my hon. Friend that this is, in fact, being treated as an urgent matter.

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