HC Deb 06 November 1902 vol 114 c267
MR. LOUGH (Islington, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the speeches of the Colonial Premiers delivered at the conference which took place at the Colonial Office are not given in the Blue-book which has been issued; and whether it is proposed to issue supplementary Papers giving full details of the proceedings.


I am obliged to the hon. Member for giving me an opportunity of contradicting some very extraordinary misstatements that appeared in a London daily paper. If he will refer to the first page of the Blue-book he will find the answer to his question. The fact is that the reason for not publishing a full report of the proceedings with the speeches of the Colonial Prime Ministers, was that objection was taken that it would be a breach of faith to publish what had been from the first treated as confidential. The Prime Ministers unanimously agreed that the speeches of the members of His Majesty's Government and certain Papers should be given. This has been done and no further Papers will be published.