HC Deb 24 June 1953 vol 516 cc1894-5
36. Mr. Ian Winterbottom

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government of the Federation of Malaya has yet determined the composition and terms of reference of the proposed committee on elections to the Federal Legislative Council; and whether he will give an assurance that the committee will have the advice of persons experienced in the conduct of democratic elections.

Mr. Lyttelton

The composition and terms of reference of this committee have not yet been finally settled. The committee is to be as representative as possible of all substantial interests in Malaya, and I have no doubt that it will seek any expert advice for which it finds need.

Mr. Winterbottom

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House whether the views of those who organise elections in, for instance, the Gold Coast, where there is a large illiterate population, will be consulted?

Mr. Lyttelton

I find it difficult to give any pledge on that matter before the committee has been formed.