HC Deb 26 October 1955 vol 545 c186
32. Mr. Alport

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement regarding the Report on African Franchise in Kenya prepared by Mr. W. F. Coutts.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As I am awaiting the views of the Kenya Government, who are at present considering the Report, I am not yet ready to make a statement.

Mr. Alport

Can my right hon. Friend say whether it is the intention that whatever decision is made in the light of this Report that decision will take its effect at the elections which, I understand, are to be held at the end of 1956?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That is one of the matters I am also considering.

Mr. J. Griffiths

May I ask whether African members of the Legislative Council will be taken fully into consultations?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I should like notice of that question. Of course, when Mr. Coutts went round he was accompanied by African assessors, including members of the Legislative Council representing each area.

Mr. Griffiths

Would it not surely be desirable in a matter of such importance, to take the African members of the Legislative Council into full consultation before a decision is reached?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think so, but I should like notice of that. It is a very important matter and I would rather not answer without thought, but my impression would be so, certainly.

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