HC Deb 06 July 1965 vol 715 c1333
19. Mr. Sandys

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will make a statement about the functions of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Mr. Bottomley

I would refer the right hon. Member to paragraphs 3–22 and 27–30 of the Agreed Memorandum on the Commonwealth Secretariat which was issued along with the Final Communiqué of the Prime Ministers' Meeting.

Mr. Fisher

While appreciating that the Secretariat is likely to expand, could the right hon. Gentleman give the House some idea of the initial size of the Secretariat, both as regards numbers of the staff and the total cost to the various Commonwealth countries?

Mr. Bottomley

There is an Agreed Memorandum which we shall publish tomorrow in the form of a White Paper.