HC Deb 07 June 1951 vol 488 c1197
4. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what is the composition of the African Advisory Council of Bechuanaland; how are its members chosen; how often does it meet; and what are its powers.

Mr. Gordon-Walker

The African Advisory Council of Bechuanaland has no formal constitution. It meets under the presidency of the Resident Commissioner, usually once a year. Its members are chiefs and tribal representatives from areas both within and outside the main reserve. It is thus fully representative of African opinion in the Protectorate. Meetings are also attended by heads of Government Departments and by officers of the district administration. The Council is advisory and it is consulted on all important matters affecting African interests.