HC Deb 24 November 1959 vol 614 cc185-6
14. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he proposes to hold talks about a new constitution for Malta.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I am proposing to visit Malta in a fortnight's time, but I have at present no statement to make on constitutional talks.

Mr. Wall

While being delighted that my right hon. Friend is to study the problem on the spot, may I ask him to bear in mind that Colonial Office administration, however good, is never popular and that, unless there is some form of elected legislative assembly in Malta, no expression can be given to public opinion?

Mr. Macleod

It has been stated on a number of occasions that we hope that the present Constitution is interim. I hope that after my talks in Malta with leaders of the political parties and others it will be possible to make a move forward.

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