§ 27. Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the terms of reference of the Committee set up to consider closer consultation between Singapore and Malaya.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
This Committee has been set up to consider the co-ordination of policy and administration between the Federation of Malaya and Singapore. As the terms of reference are long, I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Following is the information:The terms of reference of the Federation of Malaya-Singapore Joint Co-ordination Committee are:To consider—(i) those subjects on which
- (a) there must be consultation and co-ordination,
- (b) there must be consultation, and, if possible, co-ordinationon policy and, where appropriate, administration between the Governments of Singapore and the Federation of Malaya;(ii) (a) the existing means of achieving that consultation and co-ordination and their effectiveness;(b) means in addition to or in substitution of those already existing by which consultation and co-ordination, wherever necessary or desirable, can be achieved within the terms of the existing Constitutions of the two territories;(iii) means (if any) by which co-ordination could be more effectively achieved by modifications of the existing Constitutions, without prejudice to the positions of Their Highnesses the Malay Rulers and of the Malay States in the existing Constitution of the Federation of Malaya;and to make recommendations to the two Governments".