§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government have a general policy in respect of the future status and development of all 13 remaining dependent territories.
§ Mr. Onslow
Her Majesty's Government's general policy is, where independence is a feasible option, to give help and encouragement to those dependent territories which wish to become independent whilst not forcing independence on those which do not want it. The reasonable development needs of the dependent territories continue to be a first call on our aid programme.