HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 cc10-1
11. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet received from the Governor of Nyasaland his proposals for constitutional advance for this Colony; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am not yet in a position to make a statement, but will do so when the necessary consultations have been completed. This is an important matter, and I would remind the House that any proposals will not need to be implemented until May next year; and I therefore consider that hasty decisions on the next constitutional changes in Nyasaland should be avoided.

Mr. Johnson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the worsening political situation in this Protectorate? Is he also aware of the acute need to make some small statement to reassure the African population in view of the disturbing statements which have been made by Sir Roy Welensky and other leaders in the Federation about their intention to tie this Protectorate more closely with the Federation as a whole?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am well aware of the need for speed coupled with a wise solution.