Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recent steps have been taken in Nyasaland to extend the work of native authorities and develop regional councils and build up African local government.
§ Colonel Stanley
African Provincial Councils are being set up in each of the two Provinces of Nyasaland. These Councils will be composed of chiefs and other responsible African members under the presidency of the Provincial Commissioner and are intended to provide an authoritative means for the expression of African opinion and to promote the development of political responsibility among Africans. In addition, I have agreed that an African Council for the whole Protectorate, consisting of members of the Provincial Councils, shall be established when the Governor considers that the Provincial Councils have gained the necessary experience to warrant this further development.