Trustee Territories (Policy)

Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Albert Davies Mr Albert Davies , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem 12:00 am, 26th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the resolution recently adopted by the Trusteeship Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations calling on countries administering trust territories to submit within one year detailed plans for self-government of the people concerned, he will make a statement on the policy of His Majesty's Government in this matter.

Mr. Creech Jones:

The annual reports of the British Trust Territories give a clear picture of their political development, and of the road along which we are advancing, while many pronouncements on behalf of His Majesty's Government make clear the objectives of British policy which are, of course, in accord with the Charter. Plans of the kind called for in the resolution would be so general as to be valueless and unrealistic.