South Africa (War Graves)

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 Aitken Mr William Aitken , Bury St Edmunds 12:00 am, 27th July 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he can now say what steps he proposes to take to approach the Government of South Africa with regard to the neglected state of the cemeteries and graves of Imperial troops who died in the South African war; and in view of the undertaking given by the Government of that country many years ago that these cemeteries and graves would be looked after and maintained.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Walthamstow West

A communication has been sent to the United Kingdom High Commissioner in the Union of South Africa on this matter.

Photo of Mr William Aitken Mr William Aitken , Bury St Edmunds

Will the Prime Minister say why the Commonwealth authorities have not dealt with this matter before, in view of the many representations made by the South African War Veterans Association, and other interested parties?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Walthamstow West

Because consideration had to be given to exactly where the responsibility lay in this matter.