HC Deb 21 July 1924 vol 176 c878

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is proposed that, in constituting the Imperial Economic Committee, separate special representatives shall be appointed for the Crown Colonies and Protectorates or whether membership of the Committee is limited to representatives of Great Britain, the self-governing Dominions, and India?


As I stated on 30th June in reply to the hon. Member for North Bristol, it is proposed that if the Committee is appointed, it should include two representatives of the Colonies and Protectorates.


Will the Colonial Secretary bear in mind, in selecting those two representatives, the adoption of the panel system similar to that which he adopted in connection with the Conference now sitting in London, because it is almost impossible to get two men to represent properly all the Crown Colonies?


If we are assured that the experiment made in connection with the Conference in London is the best procedure, certainly we are prepared to keep in mind our own suggestion, which has proved so valuable.