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    Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "Commonwealth Premiers Meet" - 51/3.


    MS. Mr Louis St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, alighting from car at No 10 Downing Street. Raises hat to crowd. MS. Mr Robert Menzies of Australia alighting from car and raising hat to crowd. MS. Mr Senanayake (Ceylon) alighting from car and raising hat to crowd. MS. Ernest Bevin alighting from car and entering No 10. SCU. Mr Sydney Holland (New Zealand) accompanied by another man alighting from car. SCU. Mr Donges (deputising for Dr Malan of South Africa). MS. Pandit Nehru with Indian Ambassador, Krishna Menon, alighting from car and posing for press. MS. Crowd waiting in Downing Street.

    SCU. Two Ambassadors chatting. CU. Clement Attlee. MS. Pan over the gathering chatting informally. CU. Attlee speaking (natural sound): "We are meeting here today - a gathering of the greatest organisation of free states in the world, apart from the United Nations, and...." CU. Pandit Nehru chatting to Krishna Menon, pan over to Mr Senanayake chatting with Singhalese Ambassador - probably. CU. Mr Senanayake chatting with Mr Eben Donges. MS. Pan, Mr Menzies chatting to Mr Senanayake, pan across to Clement Attlee, Mr Nehru and Mr St. Laurent.

    CU. Pandit Nehru speaking (natural sound): 'I'm quite sure that people all over the world in every country hanker after peace and want to avoid war and it's the duty of statesmen, of the eminent statesmen, that are gathered here today at the Commonwealth conference, to reflect those views of people. CU. Nehru listening as interviewer puts question Q: Mr Nehru, we would like you to comment on the Korean situation and especially in connection with any peace we may obtain through an agreement with the Chinese government. A: Well, I would hardly like to comment at this stage except to say - interview abruptly stops.

    MS. Pan over the gathering as delegates chat informally. MS. Mr Attlee leads Mr Nehru, who points to camera, Louis St. Laurent, Mr Senanayake and Mr Menzies in the room. CU. Mr Nehru replying to question about Tibet: 'Well, it's a complicated question. I can hardly deal with it in a brief answer. As a matter of fact things have gone very slow in Tibet, for the the last few weeks or two or three months. Naturally it concerns us very much. We are concerned, first of all with our own security. We feel we are fairly secure in spite of these happenings. We feel that Tibetans should have autonomy of course - continue the autonomy, they've had, otherwise the question is an historical question not an immediate one'.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:49:00 / 01:13:13:00
    51/3 A (Selected Originals)
    Sort Number:
    51/003 A
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    Religion & Politics
    Commonwealth: Politics, Royalty and War Don Stephen Senanayake
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