HC Deb 07 July 1958 vol 591 cc6-7W
Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies by whom the chiefs in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland are appointed; and whether they have Civil Service status.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The position of chiefs is not a matter of appointment. Chiefs owe their position to local native custom which normally confines the choice to members of the chiefly family and involves the agreement of their people. Chiefs also require recognition by the Governor and when so recognised along with their councils under the respective Native Authority Ordinances they are constituted statutory Native Authorities. Their status is thus distinguishable from that of members of the Civil Service, though they have certain features in common.