HC Deb 23 March 1961 vol 637 c579
49. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the proposal for a new status of association outside the Commonwealth, as outlined by the Expanding Commonwealth Group in their recent publication, Expanding Obligation, a copy of which has been sent to him; and having regard to Dr. Verwoerd's decision to withdraw South Africa's application for continued membership of the Commonwealth, when he expects to make a further statement on relations between the United Kingdom and South Africa.

The Prime Minister

I have read the interesting suggestions in the publication to which my hon. Friend refers. With regard to the second part of the Question, I would refer to what was said yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Commonwealth Secretary and myself.

Mr. Turton

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this is of immediate importance, not only in respect of the Union of South Africa, but also in respect of countries like Somalia? Bearing in mind that all the Commonwealth Prime Ministers have had copies of this publication, will he institute consultations with the Commonwealth Prime Ministers on this problem?

The Prime Minister

No. I have read these proposals and I think that they have considerable interest and possibilities, but I do not think I can commit myself further today.