HC Deb 03 May 1950 vol 474 cc1673-4
13. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many committees appointed by the United Nations have, in the last year, toured British Trusteeship Territories; and what nationalities were represented by the members of those committees.

Mr. J. Griffiths

One, Sir. A trusteeship Council Mission visited Togoland and the Cameroons in 1949. Its four members were of Iraqi, Belgian, Mexican and United States nationality respectively.

Mr. De Chair

Could the right hon. Gentleman say whether the United Nations Committee investigating the conditions in these territories did so at the invitation of His Majesty's Government, and whether it is not contrary to the terms of the Trustee Council's Charter to visit these places without the permission of His Majesty's Government?

Mr. Griffiths

That is a much wider question and I should have to have notice of it. The report has been published, and we are very glad to get it.

Mr. Sorensen

Is it not a fact that an agreement is reached before a visit takes place, and could my right hon. Friend say whether any similar investigations are likely to take place in the coming 12 months?

Mr. Griffiths

I should like notice of that,