HC Deb 19 April 1962 vol 658 cc669-70
16. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he proposes to implement the decisions reached by himself and the Prime Minister of Malta concerning alterations in the Malta Constitution.

17. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the amendments to the Malta Constitution agreed with Dr. Borg Olivier will come into effect.

Mr. Maudling

An amending Order in Council will be made as soon as possible.

Sir W. Teeling

Does my right hon. Friend realise that it will be very difficult for the Prime Minister of Malta to get on with this job, from the economic point of view especially, unless the Constitution is altered? Would it not be possible for my right hon. Friend to make alterations before the Prime Minister calls Parliament together, which will be in a week or ten days' time?

Mr. Maudling

It would be quite impossible. The alterations would have to be drafted and submitted to a meeting of the Privy Council. Frankly, I cannot see that there is the slightest hindrance to the important task of carrying on economic functions in Malta before the changes are made.

Mr. Wall

Will my right hon. Friend say whether he has in mind further talks on constitutional developments for Malta or, what is more important, financial aid and economic planning?

Mr. Maudling

I have had discussions with the Prime Minister of Malta and we have agreed that at a later date we shall have further talks on both points.

Sir P. Agnew

Can my right hon. Friend say that in the light of the proposed amendments there is now every opportunity for Malta to go ahead within the framework of the Constitution and establish herself as a viable State with a future?

Mr. Maudling

Yes, Sir; there is every opportunity and every necessity for that.

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