HC Deb 01 August 1944 vol 402 cc1186-7W
Petty Officer Herbert

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any statement to make about the political and economic future of Newfoundland.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

The position has already been explained in the Statement of Policy which I made in this House on behalf of His Majesty's Government on 2nd December last. In that statement, which was reaffirmed by my Noble Friend in another place on 3rd May last, His Majesty's Government announced their intention that as soon as practicable after the end of the war in Europe, machinery should be provided for enabling the Newfoundland people to examine the future of the Island and to express their considered views as to the form of Government they desire, having regard to the financial and economic conditions prevailing at the time. Consultation has been proceeding with the Commission of Government as to the best form of machinery to set up with this object, and it is the intention of my Noble Friend to discuss this point with some of the Commissioners who are now in this country for the purpose.

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