HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 cc1193-4
11. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken towards the realisation of self-government in Nigeria.

Mr. Rees-Williams

At the suggestion of the Governor, the Legislative Council has been considering at its recent Budget Session the steps to be taken for a review of the present constitution of Nigeria. I have just received from the Governor the Report of a Select Committee of the Council on this subject which is unanimous and has been unanimously accepted by the Council. I am arranging for a copy of this Report to be placed in the Library of the House. The Governor will make a statement on the Report shortly, the text of which will be published simultaneously in this country.

Mr. Freeman

Pending that inquiry, might I ask whether local interests will be considered so as not to prejudice any development in Nigeria until the Report has been received?

Mr. Rees-Williams

The Report has been received. It is the Governor's statement which is being considered.