HC Deb 27 June 1967 vol 749 c248
18. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the results of the Commonwealth Planners Conference in Nairobi.

Mr. George Thomas

Yes, Sir. The meeting of senior officials from 22 Commonwealth countries was held in Nairobi from 24th May to 2nd June. The Commonwealth Secretariat is to prepare an analytical report of the discussions on planning with a view to publication. The meeting has submitted a number of recommendations on both these subjects to Commonwealth Governments.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

What progress has been made about getting the more developed countries of the Commonwealth, apart from the United Kingdom, to give help to these developing countries?

Mr. Thomas

They took their part in the discussions at the Commonwealth Conference, and I look forward to good results.

Mr. Wood

What view does Her Majesty's Government take about the Indian proposal for a market development fund?

Mr. Thomas

I cannot say at this moment. All the proposals are being considered by all the Commonwealth Governments in turn.