HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc1758-9
19. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement about the discussions which are proceeding in Nyasaland on constitutional reforms.

50. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will now make a statement upon the proposed constitutional changes for Nyasaland.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. J. Johnson) of 24th November.

Mr. Robinson

Can the Minister say how long these talks are going on, and can he give any indication of when finality may be reached?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am afraid that I am not able to say at the moment, but of course they will not go on indefinitely. They are on very important issues.

Mr. Johnson

Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that the Governor was over here for some weeks, if not months, in the early autumn, and that he has been back at least since 10th November? When does the right hon. Gentleman intend to make some statement? Throughout Mauritius people are concerned about the slow progress of the talks out there, and the delay in the final statement here.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have nothing to add, but I am not unaware of the need for speed in this matter.