HC Deb 08 February 1962 vol 653 cc597-8
22. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the proposed constitution for Northern Rhodesia.

Mr. Maudling

No, Sir.

Mr. Swingler

As the Secretary of State is primarily responsible to the House for his policy in Northern Rhodesia, and in view of the difference of opinion between him and some of his colleagues about the policy there, is it not time that the House was consulted about what the Government are discussing and proposing, and ought not the House to discuss it first rather than refer it to other people outside?

Mr. Maudling

It is my intention to make an announcement as soon as possible. As my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary made clear earlier, we are obliged to consult the Federal Government before reaching a final conclusion on these matters, and consultation must mean real consultation.