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Dependent Territories (Development)

Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 5 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consideration he has given regarding the future constitutional development of dependent territories which, because of geographical position or small size, are unlikely to achieve full self-governing status; and what recommendations he has put forward.

The general policy for such territories is that which all parties agree applies to all the dependent territories irrespective of geographical position, size, and economic resources, namely, that it is our aim to promote, in each, the fullest degree of self-government within the Commonwealth which is practicable in the particular local circumstances.