1953 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference

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6th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
Dates 3–9 June 1953
Cities United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Participants 9
Chair Sir Winston Churchill
(Prime Minister)
Follows 1952
Precedes 1955
Key points

The 1953 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference was the sixth Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in June 1953 on the occasion of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

The meeting was held prior to a Three Powers conference between Churchill, US President Dwight Eisenhower, and French Prime Minister Joseph Laniel in Bermuda which Commonwealth leaders hoped would lead to a Four Powers summit with the Soviet Union.[1] Armistice talks to conclude the Korean War were also discussed.[2] Concerns about the security of the Suez Canal and the importance of maintaining British military installations were also discussed (see Suez War) as were the economic situation and the objectives for development and strengthening of the Pound sterling area set out at the 1952 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Economic Conference.[2]


Nation Name Portfolio
 United Kingdom Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister (Chairman)
 Australia Robert Menzies Prime Minister
 Canada Louis St. Laurent Prime Minister
 Ceylon Dudley Senanayake Prime Minister
 India Jawaharlal Nehru Prime Minister
 New Zealand Sidney Holland Prime Minister
 Pakistan Muhammad Ali Bogra Prime Minister
 Southern Rhodesia Sir Godfrey Huggins Prime Minister
South Africa South Africa Daniel François Malan Prime Minister


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  2. ^ a b Secretariat, Commonwealth (1987-01-01). The Commonwealth at the Summit: Communiqués of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, 1944-1986. Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 9780850923179.