HC Deb 13 July 1955 vol 543 c176W
60. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what constitutional reforms have been proposed and are now being implemented in British North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, respectively.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In Sarawak legislation is now being prepared to give effect to proposals, approved in principle, for additional membership of the Supreme Council and the Council Negri which will have unofficial majorities and for the selection of unofficial members by District Advisory Councils and other representative bodies.

The Sultan of Brunei announced in 1953 his intention to grant a written constitution. Details are now being worked out locally on the basis of proposals which include the establishment of Executive and Legislative Councils, but meanwhile four District Advisory Councils with nominated membership have been established, and members of these Councils are selected to attend meetings of the State Council as observers.

No further changes are at present contemplated for North Borneo, where the amendments made to the constitution in 1950 meet existing needs.