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Colonial Empire

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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Economic And Development Council


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why he has abolished the Colona] Economic Advisory Committee.

The main function of the Colonial Economic and Development Council (to which I assume that the right hon. Member is referring) was to advise upon new colonial development plans. Such plans having now been adopted by almost every Colonial Government, I have not felt justified in keeping the Council in being.

Is not the real reason that the right hon. Gentleman is afraid of exposing his economic nakedness to these eminent gentlemen, who really do know something about economics?

Development Corporation (Report)


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he anticipates that the report of the Colonial Development Corporation will be available.

I am unable to give a definite date but I hope that the report will be published by the end of next month.

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the concern which recent reports of the failure of C.D.C. schemes have caused, and when the report is available will he ensure that this House has an opportunity of debating it?