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Bechuanaland, Basutoland And Swaziland

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what consultations he has had recently with the Government of the Union of South Africa concerning the future of Bechuanaland, Basutoland and Swaziland.

Before the introduction of the recent Resolution in the Union Parliament, the United Kingdom Government was informed by the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa that he proposed to raise the matter thus.

Can the Minister give an assurance that in any consultations that take place Her Majesty's Government will assure Dr. Malan that the statement made by the Prime Minister before the Recess had general support from all sides of the House of Commons?

We had better let it rest on the statement of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.