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Overseas Resources Development Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th November 1947.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South 12:00 am, 6th November 1947

The Cameroons? Well, there is already in existence a Cameroons Board, but that has nothing to do with either of these corporations. That is a quite separate thing, with which I dealt a little while ago when I said that these other organisations were already in existence. That has nothing to do with either of the particular matters we are now discussing. The Colonial Development Corporation is the main instrument for development in the Colonies.

I want to emphasise here that the cooperation of the local governments is not only desirable but essential. I am sure that my right hon. Friend would never agree that any scheme should take place in any of the Colonies—either by the corporation responsible to the Ministry of Food or ours—unless the local government wanted it. The Colonies can take that as absolutely certain. We would not agree to anything else. In fact, as hon.

Members will see, there is provision in Clause 7 that local feelings must be considered, and committees must be set up to furnish the corporations with local views.