§ Mr. J. H. THOMAS
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is in a position to make any statement as to a conference of Colonial governors and senior officials to be held in London this year?
§ Mr. AMERY
I am arranging for a Colonial Office Conference to he held in London in May next, at which most of the non-self-governing Colonies, Protectorates and Mandated Territories will be represented either by the Governor or by a senior official. This conference will be of 1417W an experimental nature, and its primary object will be to explore the desirability of holding Colonial conferences of a more comprehensive nature at fixed intervals, and to consider the possibility of setting up any other machinery to secure more effective co-operation between Colonial Governments in matters of general administration, economic development, scientific and technical research. The Conference will open on the 10th May, and I anticipate that it will last about three weeks.