Colonial Office (Name)

Oral Answers to Questions — Southern Rhodesia – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North 12:00 am, 21st July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies whether he will take the necessary action to change the name of his Department to that of Commonwealth Relations and British Protectorates Overseas.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

If the Secretary of State will not agree to the suggestion contained in the Question, will he find some other way of getting rid of the word "Colonies" from his administration? [HON. MEMBERS: "Silly."] It is not silly, because our friends from overseas do not like being called colonials, in view of what has happened in the past. Could not the right hon. Gentleman find another way of describing his Department?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

As the House knows, the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Colonial Office are due to be merged as soon as possible after 1st July next year. In the interval, we shall be giving thought to what is the most appropriate name for the combined Department, but I must say straight away that I am not attracted by the hon. Member's suggestion.