HC Deb 17 October 1945 vol 414 cc1191-2W
Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on events in Uganda following on the recent murder of the Prime Minister; what plans are in existence for the reform of the native Parliament; and what steps are being taken to re-absorb into civilian life the thousands of African soldiers now to be demobilised.

Mr. George Hall

The Minister of Finance has been appointed to succeed the late Prime Minister. No further incidents have been reported. One person, suspected of having caused the death of the Katikiro, was arrested immediately. The Governor has found it necessary to detain certain other persons as a security measure and the further action to be taken with respect to these persons is under consideration.

With regard to the second part of the Question, the Lukiko recently passed legislation providing for the election of 31 unofficial representatives out of a membership of 89.

With regard to the last part of the Question, the existing facilities for technical training and for training agricultural and medical staff and teachers are being expanded with particular reference to the needs of demobilised soldiers. Many of these men will be absorbed into Government employment in connection with the development programme. Civil Registration and Employment Bureaux are being set up to assist the re-absorption of men requiring employment.