asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is the intention or policy of the present Government to grant to the Crown Colonies of the West Indies a constitution on the same principles and basis as has now been agreed, on the main lines of the Donoughmore Commission, should be granted to Ceylon; and whether it is proposed to publish correspondence or despatches dealing with this question?
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any schemes for the federation or confederation of the West Indian islands have recently been received by the Colonial Office; whether it is proposed to reopen the matter for ventilation and further discussion and representations; and whether changes are contemplated in the immediate future?
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the question of the revision of the local constitution of the legislative councils in the different islands of the West Indies and other Crown Colonies has recently been under review and reconsideration; whether the abolition of the district status has been decided on; whether such matters as the broadening of the present electoral basis, the extension of the franchise, the reduction of nominated members, the admission of women to the suffrage, &c., have been reviewed; and whether any representations have been received on the subject?
§ Mr. LUNN
No representations have been received in favour of a general review of the constitutions of the various British Colonies and no general policy of revision is contemplated. Individual cases have been and are under consideration and will be dealt with in accordance with the varying needs of the different Colonies concerned.