§ Mr. R. Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been his reply to the representations received in connection with the proposals for a new constitution for the Gambia, with particular reference to the forthcoming elections there; and whether he has agreed to accept a representative delegation from the Gambia relating to the electoral register.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The reply given to these representations was that, as the constitutional changes approved by my predecessor last year involved a very considerable advance, the petitioners should give them a reasonable chance to work before seeking to embark upon further reforms. I have had no request to receive a delegation on the question of the electoral register.