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Finance Ministers Conference, London

Volume 495: debated on Monday 11 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps were taken to ensure that the views of Colonial Governments were expressed at the recent meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers.

It was my responsibility as a member of the United Kingdom delegation to represent the interests of the territories with which I am concerned. The Governments of these territories were invited beforehand to inform me of their views upon the subject of the meeting and, if they wished, to appoint representatives to advise me during the discussions. The 11 advisers so appointed covered almost every major territory. Several of them took a direct part in the discussions and all of them gave me their views either at the Plenary meetings or at separate meetings which I held with them each day. I was most grateful for their assistance.