HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 cc1505-6W
Mr. Skeffington

asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to continue the present relationship between Burma and the India Office, or whether it is contemplated placing Burma within the authority of the Dominions Office.

The Prime Minister

With the separation of the administration of Burma from that of India in 1937, the conduct of Burma affairs has formed, and still forms, a separate charge in the hands of the Secretary of State for Burma and the Burma Office. As a matter of convenient distribution of Ministerial responsibility —since the affairs of Burma and India have so much in common—the charge of the Burma Office is also at present held by the same Secretary of State that has charge of the India Office. No redistribution is contemplated at the present time, and I would prefer not to prophesy about future developments.