HC Deb 25 November 1948 vol 458 cc1380-1
4. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether his attention has been drawn to a declaration by the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa to the Nationalist Party Congress at Capetown on 17th November, that his Government would make approaches to His Majesty's Government for the incorporation of Swaziland and Basutoland in the Union; what representations he has received from that Dominion; and if he will give an assurance that the policy of His Majesty's Government on the retention of responsibility for the High Commission Territories remains unaltered.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I have seen the Press reports of a statement by the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, in which he said that his Government would not neglect to make approaches in "due course" to the Government of the United Kingdom about the High Commission Territories. The South African Government, however, have so far made no official representations. The policy of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom remains unchanged.

Mr. Skinnard

Thank you.