HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc113-4W
78. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government's White Paper setting out proposals for changes in the Constitution of Northern Rhodesia will be freely available in the Protectorale so that there will be the fullest possible discussion by the public; and whether he will consider setting up a commission to visit the various provincial councils and other selected organisations to ascertain public opinion upon this matter.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

These are at this stage matters primarily for the Government of Northern Rhodesia. That Government have made it clear that the proposals in their White Paper have been published for public discussion and they intend to take steps to ensure that the White Paper is widely available throughout the territory. There are many bodies in Northern Rhodesia through which public opinion can find expression, and I should not myself have thought that the Northern Rhodesian Government would need to set up any new machinery to ascertain public opinion on this matter.