HC Deb 26 January 1956 vol 548 c41W
1. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what consultations have taken place during the past five years with members of the Commonwealth in respect of procedure to determine the recognition of new members; and in what manner is the distinction drawn between Dominion status and Commonwealth membership.

Commander Noble

None. The position, which I think is well understood, is that the admission of a new member to the Commonwealth is a matter for consultation between the existing members as and when the occasion arises. The term "Commonwealth membership" of course covers what was once known as "Dominion status."