HC Deb 25 November 1948 vol 458 c1379
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?