§ MR. SERJEANT SIMON
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the vacancies in the Legislative Council of Jamaica, occasioned by the resignation of all the non-official members, have been or are intended to be filled up; whether a memorial has been received at the Colonial Office from Jamaica expressing intense dissatisfaction with the present system of Crown Government, and praying for the restoration of representative Government; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will consider the expediency of modifying the present composition of the Legislative Council by introducing a fair proportion of members chosen by popular election?
§ MR. EVELYN ASHLEY
The vacancies in the Legislative Council of Jamaica have not been filled up, nor is it intended to fill them up at present. No Memorial such as that described in the Question has recently been received at the Colonial Office. Her Majesty's Government are considering the expediency of modifying the present composition of the Legislative Council; but they will not come to any decision until after they have received the Report of the Commissioners who are now on the spot inquiring into the finances and administration of Jamaica.