HC Deb 07 December 1938 vol 342 cc1191-2W
Major Procter

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in considering the possibility of constitutional changes in Ceylon, he will bear in mind the communal riots of 1915, and the fact that the control of the police is in the hands of a Sinhalese Minister; and whether, in considering possible constitutional changes, he will also bear in mind the principle of weightage in the representation of minorities, such as obtains in India, and the desirability, or otherwise, of conceding the same principle to Ceylon?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The Donoughmore Commission definitely allotted the control of the police to an elected Minister, and I can see no ground for reconsidering the arrangement. The Governor has adequate powers in the event of a serious emergency arising. As regards the second part of the question, the principles adopted in the Government of India Act will be borne in mind when any changes in the Ceylon constitution are being considered.