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British Somaliland

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he proposes to reassume responsibility for the administration of Somaliland.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War and I recently agreed that the time had not yet come for the Colonial Office to resume responsibility for British Somaliland. The matter is, however, being kept under constant review by the two Departments.

Can the Secretary of State say whether he has any plans for the future of this very difficult country?

Yes, Sir. There has been a considerable amount of thought given to the future development and governmental planning of Somaliland.