Colonial Reforms: Blueprints and Realities, 1945–51

  • Partha Sarathi Gupta
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series


When Labour came to power Attlee made George Hall the Secretary of State for Colonies and Creech Jones his Under-Secretary. Hall had served as Under-Secretary in the coalition ministry, and, among the M.P.s who had been returned, Creech Jones had the longest record of involvement in colonial affairs. By the beginning of the new parliamentary session of 1946, Creech Jones had succeeded George Hall. In July 1945, with a former chairman of the Party’s advisory committee as the Under-Secretary of State, the prospect of keeping government policy in line with party policy appeared bright. The advisory committee itself got somewhat dwarfed by the Fabian Colonial Bureau. In October 1948 it was estimated that of the thirty-seven members of the committee (including four ministers) seventeen had not attended any meetings, and only six were assiduous in attending meetings.1 Since the members of the committee overlapped with those of the F.C.B and since Lord Faringdon had weekly discussions with Rita Hiden, the latter, in spite of having attended only five advisory committee meetings, was able to avoid any conflict between the two bodies.2


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  • Partha Sarathi Gupta
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of DelhiIndia

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