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United Nations Committee (Reports)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the new decisions taken by His Majesty's Government on the question of making reports about colonial questions to the United Nations' Sub-Committee for Dependent Territories; and whether reports submitted to this Committee will also be regularly available to Members of Parliament.

No new decisions have been taken. Under Article 73 (e) of the United Nations Charter, we have supplied to the Secretary-General, annually since 1947, statistical and other material, for information purposes, on economic, social and educational conditions in the non-self-governing territories, other than trust territories, for which we are responsible. The General Assembly set up a Special Committee to examine this information, and this year the United Kingdom representative played a full part in its discussions. Copies of the Reports dealt with by the Committee are available in the Library of the House.