HC Deb 03 April 1957 vol 568 cc56-7W
Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will receive a delegation from the European, African and Asian members of the Uganda Legislative Council regarding the intention of the Protectorate Government to delay elections to the Council until 1961; and when.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No. I was asked by the Representative Members Organisation of the Legislative Council in Uganda whether I would receive representatives to discuss their view that whatever arrangements were made for elections for the representative members of Legislative Council from Buganda in 1957 should be uniformly introduced in the other provinces of the Protectorate at that time.

In reply I pointed out that any modification to the present system of elections to Legislative Council in Buganda would depend upon agreement being reached between the Protectorate and Buganda Governments in the further discussions now to be held on this topic under Article 7 (4) of the Buganda Agreement, 1955, and that until these discussions had been concluded it was uncertain whether such modification would be made in 1957.

In these circumstances it was clearly inappropriate for me to receive a delegation to discuss the question of uniformity between Buganda and the other provinces and I expressed the hope that it would prove possible in the event to settle these issues locally. That is still my position on the question and still my hope.

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