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Council Of Europe (Africa)

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made in the Council of Europe towards establishing a common European policy towards Africa; and what part Her Majesty's Government has played in these discussions.

The Council of Europe has before it some proposals for technical assistance to Africa. The position regarding these proposals, which were embodied in Recommendation No. 279, remains as stated in my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Gentleman the Member for Attercliffe (Mr. J. Hynd), on 24th July. Recommendation No. 288, on co-operation with newly developing countries, urging the governments concerned to work for a merger of the preference systems of the French-speaking and English-speaking African states, has not yet been considered by the Council of Ministers.