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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr CASEY (Minister for External Affairs) - The right honorable gentleman has raised a question which, so far as I know, has been dormant for a very considerable time. I should not like to give an offhand interpretation of the exchanges that have passed in connexion with it. The matter is such, I think, as to warrant a written reply, and I shall be very glad to give the right honorable gentleman, at the earliest possible moment, a written reply to his question. As to the matter being, in effect, taken out of the hands of the Government and put into the hands of a committee of the House, however com posed, I do not believe that a solution of that kind would appeal either to the Prime Minister or to the Government. I believe that matters of this sort - and I really think that the right honorable gentleman himself will agree - are the responsibility solely of the government of the day. Concerning what might be called the rights and wrongs, the merits, or the facts of the case, I shall be very glad to revive the right honorable gentleman's memory of the situation over recent years and give him a detailed reply.

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