Reel 1. Rolling title reads: "For this special occasion, Associated British-Pathe presents the latest edition of "Summing Up". Originally designed for the teaching of modern history in schools, "Summing Up" is now reaching cinemas throughout the country." A Quarterly Chronicle of Current Events. Produced by the Pathe Documentary Unit.
Fourth Quarter 1948. Paris: United Nations Assembly at Palais de Chaillot. Repairing and reconstruction of buildings damaged by war. Unrest in French streets, protest marches and strikes. China: guns and cannons fired. Retreat of Chinese Nationalists. Men try to speak from the public gallery of the United Nations Assembly, they are removed. Mr Menzies - Australian Opposition Leader - speaks on the reconstruction of Europe. London: British Commonwealth Conference at Downing Street. Footage of agriculture and industry of Commonwealth. Mr Beasley - High Commissioner - asks for more manpower on behalf of Australia. Parliament opened with full dress ceremonial. King and Queen in horse drawn carriage. Footage of iron and steel industry. Coal mines and miners. Power station exterior and interior. Steam trains. Aircraft control tower. Aeroplanes on runway. Car industry. Car with an export sticker on windscreen - bound for Bangalore. Workers disembarking from a ship - possibly emigrating to a Commonwealth country.