HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 cc9-10
10. Mr. Pargiter

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decisions have been reached as a result of the discus- sions between the Governors of Nyasa-land and the federal authorities on the future of tobacco marketing and the proposal to bring European agriculture in Nyasaland under federal direction.

19. Mr. Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to the handing over of the responsibility for European agriculture in Nyasaland to the Government of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Mr. J. Amery

The Governor has not yet completed his discussions with the federal authorities, and I cannot, therefore, make any statement at present.

Mr. Pargiter

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is highly desirable to press forward with a decision in view of the uncertainty which prevails? Is it not desirable that the Africans in Nyasaland should be kept informed as much as possible about the discussions which are going on because of the suspicion which has always been in their minds about any movement towards the federalisation of European agriculture?

Mr. Amery

I agree that it is important, but I am sure the hon. Gentleman would not wish me to anticipate any decision in this matter.

Mr. Dugdale

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that to hand over these functions to the Federation would create an exceedingly unfavourable impression among Africans who are already suspicious that his right hon. Friend may have been too willing to grant concessions to Sir Roy Welensky from time to time? Will the hon. Gentleman assure the House that he will consult Africans before any decision is taken and that he will pay attention to their views?

Mr. Amery

We must await the Governor's report.

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