Technical Assistance, South-East Asia

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1950.

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Photo of Mr William Wells Mr William Wells , Walsall 12:00 am, 27th July 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he will make a statement on the execution of the agreement with Commonwealth countries for technical assistance to South-East Asia.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Walthamstow West

The Commonwealth Consultative Committee which met at Sydney in May recommended that a Commonwealth technical assistance scheme should be inaugurated within the next few months and that a bureau should be set up at Colombo to co-ordinate the work. In pursuance of this recommendation a standing committee of officials is at present meeting in Colombo to prepare a report on how the scheme in general and the bureau should work. This report will be considered at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Consultative Committee. The Standing Committee will also deal with day to day questions connected with the provision of technical assistance until such time as the proposed bureau is formally established.

Photo of Mr William Wells Mr William Wells , Walsall

May I ask whether there has been any particular agreement with the Australian Government since May on this matter?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Walthamstow West

I should have to have notice of that question.