HC Deb 21 July 1960 vol 627 cc705-6
11. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reply he has given to the letter from Sir Ferdinand Cavendish-Bentinck, ex-Speaker of the Kenya Legislative Council, on the subject of constitutional advance in the Colony.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Sir Ferdinand asked for an opportunity of discussing with me some of the repercussions of the main proposals emerging from the Lancaster House Conference, to which, he said, he had no intention of seeking amendments. I had a talk with him on 13th July.

Mr. Brockway

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the House an assurance, not only that the proposals of the Lancaster House Conference will be implemented and that he will resist pressure to withdraw them, but that when there is an African majority in the Legislative Council next year their democratic rights will not be interfered with?

Mr. Macleod

On the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, I have always made that clear and Sir Ferdinand accepted it fully. The second part of his supplementary question seems to me to go much wider. I am not clear what he has in mind. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will table a Question.

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