Debate on the Address

Part of Orders of the Day — Queen's Speech – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th November 1953.

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Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Billericay 12:00 am, 4th November 1953

I am sorely tempted to follow the hon. Gentleman in the provocative remarks he has made. [HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"] I shall put that temptation behind me because I see that the Minister of State for Colonial Affairs has been for some time sitting on the Front Bench. In view of the fact that the Gracious Speech makes a reference to the Government's intention to ensure that measures of social and political advancement and of economic development are promoted in the interests of all races in the Colonies, I should like to say a few things about our colonial affairs.

Just over a week ago we debated the constitutional crisis in British Guiana. I will not go over the same ground. The House, and I believe the country, endorsed the Government's action.