HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc1756-7
11. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet decided upon future constitutional changes for the Colony of Mauritius.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No, Sir. The position remains as stated in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 24th November.

Mr. Johnson

Is it not a fact that as far back as last July the Earl of Munster went to the island for this specific purpose? Talks have been going on for months. When do the Government intend to make up their mind and tell the House what their intentions are?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

My noble Friend, Lord Munster, made it quite plain that he was not there to reach any decisions on such matters as constitutional reform. He was paying a visit to the Colony. Naturally, he told my predecessor and myself of his reactions, and they are playing a large part in our consideration of the problem now.