HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 c598
36. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent Ministers will be able to attend and participate in the deliberations of the Kenya Council of State.

Mr. Profumo

Under the Kenya (Constitution) Order in Council any Minister and any Assistant Minister may attend and take part in the proceedings of the Council of State, other than any proceedings which the Council may decide to hold in private; but they have not the right to vote.

Mr. Stonehouse

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the growing suspicion in Kenya that the Council of State is but a stepping stone to a second Chamber? Will he use this opportunity to kill this suspicion and also to make clear that although Ministers can attend the Council of State they cannot make proposals to it?

Mr. Profumo

I expect that those who are entitled to attend will attend. I cannot accept the contention in the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question.

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