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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has now arrived at his decision with regard to the position of the Commissioner-General of South-East Asia; and in what particulars it is his intention to alter the terms of reference in this appointment.

Mr. Macdonald's term of office has been extended for a further period beyond May. The position will be reviewed again later this year. On the Commissioner-General's terms of reference, I cannot at present add anything to the statement I made in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Tradeston (Mr. Rankin) on 30th January. 1952.