HC Deb 13 December 1966 vol 738 c227
9. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to visit any Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Bowden

I am particularly anxious to visit as many Commonwealth countries as possible. I certainly hope to visit a number during the coming year, but I have no firm plans at the moment, except for a visit to Malta some time after Christmas.

Mr. Fisher

Because of the right hon. Gentleman's priority preoccupation with Rhodesia, which I fully understand, of course, he has not yet had an opportunity to visit any other country. As comprehensive a tour as possible of the member countries concerned is long overdue. Could this be arranged soon, possibly even some time during the Christmas Recess?

Mr. Bowden

I have already said that I am going to Malta during the Christmas Recess. There is some urgency about this. We are working out plans for visits in the New Year.

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