HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 cc192-3W
24. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a further statement in respect of the new constitution in Nigeria; and when an election is likely to be held.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The Nigeria (Constitution) Order in Council was promulgated on 29th June. It is designed to give a greatly increased measure of responsibility to Nigerians for the conduct of their own affairs and, while granting increased autonomy to the three regions, to build up a strong and united Nigeria. Arrangements for primary elections are already in train and it is hoped that these and the intermediate elections will be complete in time for the new regional Legislatures to meet before the end of the year and the new central Legislature in January, 1952.