HC Deb 07 February 1951 vol 483 cc1735-6
42. Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement concerning the resignation of Sir Stewart Gore-Brown from the Northern Rhodesia Legislative and Executive Councils; and whether he proposes to consult the African Congress concerning the filling of the vacancy.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I understand that Sir Stewart Gore-Browne has notified the Governor that he does not wish to be considered for re-nomination to Legislative Council when his present term of office expires this month. It is not proposed to consult the African Congress concerning the appointment of his successor. That body is entirely unofficial. When it is desired to seek African opinion on any matter this would normally be done through the African Representative Council.

Mr. Hynd

In view of the fact that this representative body of Africans recently passed votes of no confidence in the remaining European member, as well as the two Africans present, will my right hon. Friend consult with these bodies before filling the vacancy created on this committee?

Mr. Griffiths

I think it is the Governor's duty to consult the official body if he thinks that it is desirable and essential to consult African opinion.