HC Deb 02 August 1944 vol 402 cc1403-4W
Mr. J. Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is in a position to make a statement about the development of regional native councils in Northern Rhodesia.

Colonel Stanley

Yes, Sir. Eight Regional Councils have been formed in the Territory; six have already held their first meeting and one its second meeting. The Councils consist of representatives chosen by the native authorities from their most progressive members, together with representatives of Urban Advisory Councils or African Welfare Associations. It is the policy of the Northern Rhodesia Government actively to develop these Councils, and when they have gained sufficient experience it is intended to set up an African Central Council consisting of members drawn from the Regional Councils.