1948 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
|3rd Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference|
|Host country||United Kingdom|
|Dates||11 October 1948–
22 October 1948
Independence of India, Pakistan & Ceylon; economic, military and diplomatic co-operation
The 1948 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference was the third Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in October 1948, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.
The meeting accepted the newly independent Dominion of Ceylon's application for membership in the Commonwealth and was the first meeting attended by the prime ministers of independent India, Pakistan and Ceylon. The issue of whether countries, specifically India, could remain Commonwealth members if they became republics was raised but was not resolved until the next conference in 1949.
Ireland did not participate although at the time the British Commonwealth still regarded Ireland as one of its members. Ireland had not participated in any equivalent conferences since 1932.
|United Kingdom||Clement Attlee||Prime Minister (Chairman)|
|Australia||H. V. Evatt||Minister for External Affairs|
|Canada||William Lyon Mackenzie King||Prime Minister|
|Ceylon||Dudley Shelton Senanayake||Prime Minister|
|India||Jawaharlal Nehru||Prime Minister|
|New Zealand||Peter Fraser||Prime Minister|
|Pakistan||Liaquat Ali Khan||Prime Minister|
|South Africa||Eric Louw||Minister of Mines and Economic Affairs|
|Southern Rhodesia||Sir Godfrey Huggins||Prime Minister|
- Huggins was also Minister for Native Affairs
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