HC Deb 14 November 1958 vol 595 c83W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what is the composition of the deputation from Basutoland Protectorate and what subjects are to be discussed at the forthcoming London Conference.

Mr. Wall

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what is the scope of the coming discussions on constitutional development in Basutoland.

Mr. Alport

In September, 1955, the Basutoland Council, which is at present an advisory body only, passed a motion asking that it should be given power to make laws in all internal matters. In May, 1956, my noble Friend invited the Council to submit detailed proposals. The Council, working through two committees which had the assistance of Professor D. V. Cowen as constitutional adviser, had a report prepared which it approved unanimously in July, 1958. My noble Friend has invited a delegation from the Basutoland Council to visit London to discuss this report, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. The delegation is due to arrive in London today, and discussions will begin on 18th November. I should like to take this opportunity to welcome them and say that Her Majesty's Government look forward to fruitful discussions.

The delegation from the Basutoland Council is as follows: Chief George Bereng, Chief Kelebone Nkuebe, Chief Mopeli Jonathan, Chief Leabua Jonathan, Chief Samuel Matete and Professor D. V. Cowen. In addition the Paramount Chief Regent of Basutoland, Chieftainess Mantsebo Seeiso, O.B.E., who is paying a private visit to the United Kingdom, will also attend the discussions.