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Backward Territories (Consultations)

Volume 465: debated on Monday 23 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations have taken place with the United States Government as a result of President Truman's proposal for granting aid to under-developed or backward territories; and what assistance will Great Britain render towards this object.

There have been informal exchanges of views. The question has already been raised at the United Nations and a report is being prepared by the Secretary General for the next session of the Economic and Social Council which begins in July. His Majesty's Government will co-operate to the full, bearing in mind our special responsibilities towards the Colonies.