Dominion Prime Ministers' Meetings

Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica – in the House of Commons on 26th April 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that at the forthcoming meetings of the Dominion Prime Ministers the Colonies will be adequately represented in all matters which may be raised affecting their present and future political status and economic well-being; who these representatives will be; and whether he will ensure that every care is taken to see that no decisions are implemented without prior submission to the appropriate colonial legislative assemblies for their consideration.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

It is intended that the Secretary of State for the Colonies should be present when any question which may affect the Colonial Empire comes up for discussion, and also at other times. As regards the last part of the Question, I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that while the interests of the Colonial Empire will be vigilantly watched I could not submit to such a sweeping inhibition as he proposes.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Are we to understand that no representatives of the Colonies will be present in England at these meetings?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

No, Sir, Sir Godfrey Huggins is at present representing Southern Rhodesia. That is not incompatible with representation of the Colonies but otherwise the Colonies are represented by the Secretary of State.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Can my right hon. Friend say whether a representative of the Indian Empire will attend this conference?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Not only the Secretary of State but Sir Firoz Khan Noon and the Maharajah of Kashmir. They have both already attended our regular meetings.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Will there be a representative of the Congress?