HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 cc1867-8
40. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the unfortunate tension and apprehension existing among the Ewe people he will give an undertaking that action on the proposals in the Coursey Report will not prejudice future negotiations with the French Government respecting the possible unification of Ewe peoples and self-government for Togoland.

Mr. Rees-Williams

My right hon. Friend has asked the Governor to consult the accredited representatives of the people of that territory and to let him have their considered views and the Governor's own recommendations. Until that has been done he prefers to reserve judgment entirely and not to give an undertaking of any kind.

Mr. Sorensen

Then do I take it that the Coursey Report does not prejudice the possible development that I have mentioned in the Question?

Mr. Rees-Williams

The Coursey Report said this was a matter of considerable difficulty and delicacy, or words to that effect, and the whole question is being examined, as I have said.