HC Deb 04 November 1954 vol 532 cc81-2W
97 and 98. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) which Colonies have sent representatives to attend the ninth session of the contracting parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade at Geneva;

(2) which Colonies were asked to send representatives to the Commonwealth discussions held shortly before the negotiations on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, now in progress; and which Colonies were represented by officials and non-officials, respectively, at those discussions.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Colonial Governments were invited to send representatives both to the Commonwealth meeting and to the Review Session of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade at Geneva.

The colonial delegation to the Commonwealth meeting included two Ministers, with advisers, from the West Indian Colonies and officials representing the East African Territories, Nigeria and the Gold Coast, Malta and Cyprus.

The interests of the Colonial Territories will be represented at Geneva by the United Kingdom delegation, which will include senior officials of my Department. No Colonial Government has yet arranged to send a representative to Geneva, but I do not exclude the possibility of special invitations to assist the United Kingdom delegation when matters of particular interest to the Colonial Territories are under discussion.