HC Deb 20 December 1960 vol 632 cc133-4W
55. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he can now state what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to ensure that the implications of the choices of the plebiscite in the South Cameroons have been made clear to the voters; what information he has requested for this purpose from the Government of the Kamerun Republic, similar to that provided by the Government of the Nigerian Federation, regarding the terms on which the South Cameroons would be accepted as a self-governing region within the Republic; and what details regarding the proposed functions of the executive, legislature and judiciary have been provided by the Kamerun Republic.

Mr. H. Fraser

The implications of the Southern Cameroons joining Nigeria were in essence made clear by the talks in London in May of this year with Nigerian Governments. We have also kept in touch with the progress of talks between the Premier of the Southern Cameroons and the President of the Cameroun Republic. We are now engaged in drawing up statements, for clearance with the Governments of Nigeria and the Camer-oun Republic which will give as much information as possible including the details referred to in the Question.

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