§ Mr. Peter Smithers
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action he is taking, in view of the resolution passed by the Federated Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire, a copy of which has been sent to him, which calls for improved methods of consultation with Colonial Territories in the negotiation of trade agreements which may affect such territories.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
I consider that the arrangements which already exist for consultation on such matters between the United Kingdom and the governments of Colonial Territories are satisfactory. It is for colonial governments themselves to decide what consultation with commercial interest within their own territories is necessary.
Requests by the governments of Colonial Territories particularly concerned for their representatives to be associated with the United Kingdom negotiating team would always be favourably considered.