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    The Conservative Party annual conference opened Oct 12 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, the seaside resort where the Labour Party also recently held its conference.

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    The Conservative Party annual conference opened Oct 12 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, the seaside resort where the Labour Party also recently held its conference.

    Among the main topics on the first day were education, crime and road safety. One of the big issues overshadowing the meeting was the publication of the Monckton report on the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and this was the subject of a speech by Colonial Secretary Iain Macleod.

    He said the present conference was not the place to debate the Government's detailed view of the Monckton report, which would be fully discussed at the Federal Review Conference, to be convened in a few weeks.

    Mr. Macleod said "grave, momentous decisions for the future" would have to be taken at the Federal conference, and recent events in Africa showed what happened when plans went wrong. He said he could not promise a popular colonial policy - there would be toil and sweat and tears, but - he hoped - not blood or bitterness, but in Africa today even this was not certain.

    In reply to Federal Premier Welensky's criticism of the report, he said it was not aimed at destroying the Federation but at seeing how it could best flourish and prosper.

    Minister of Defense Watkinson defended the Conservative policy of retaining the H-bomb for Britain, while seeking agreement on disarmament; Mr. Marples promised there would be more one-way on streets in London and hinted at possibly unpopular measures, similar to those in force in the USA, to reduce accidents caused by drinking.

    Minister of Education Sir David Eccles said the means test for parents of university and other students would be changed radically during the next year, and might even be abolished. By a large majority, the conference called on the Government to bring in promised legislation to beat the present crime wave.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1C2MUW6N18H7U3J9OW3LYMP11
    Media URN:
    VLVA1C2MUW6N18H7U3J9OW3LYMP11
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    N/A

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