HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 cc19-20W
Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of Stats for the Colonies if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the proposed constitutional changes in Zanzibar.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I have now considered the recommendations contained in the Report by Sir Hilary Blood in consultation with the British Resident and in the light of the views expressed in the debate in the Zanzibar Legislative Council. The following main changes in the Constitution will be introduced in time for the next elections which will take place in January, 1961.

The Executive Council will consist of the British Resident as President, 3 ex-officio members and 5 unofficial Ministers. One of the unofficial Ministers will be designated as Chief Minister. The Legislative Council will consist of 3 ex-officio members, 22 elected members and up to 5 appointed members. A speaker of the Legislative Council will be appointed.

Details of these and other proposals, together with an exchange of dispatches between the British Resident and myself, are contained in a Sessional Paper published in Zanzibar on 7th November, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House.

Back to
Forward to