§ 2. Mr. Skinnard
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations on what conditions German South-West Africa was originally mandated to Great Britain; when and on what conditions this mandate was handed on to the Union of South Africa; and what steps His Majesty's Government have taken to see that these conditions are fulfilled.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
My hon. Friend is mistaken in thinking that Great Britain ever held the mandate for South-West Africa. It was conferred by the League of Nations on His Britannic Majesty, to be exercised on His behalf by the Government of the Union of South Africa.
§ Mr. Skinnard
Is my right hon. Friend aware that his clear statement will serve to remove the misapprehensions on this subject, due to the mis-statements which have been made recently?