§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Hewins)
I presume that the hon. Gentleman intends to refer to the recently published Report of a Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Governor; but that Report contains nothing relevant to the cases of men imprisoned under sentences of properly constituted tribunals. Sir John Anderson has investigated all the sentences of imprisonment imposed in connection with the riots. On various grounds he has released a number of prisoners and reduced the sentences of many others. Those remaining in prison were properly convicted, in his opinion, of serious crimes; and I see no reason for suggesting that they should be released.
Has the Government decided they will do nothing to alleviate the feeling of injustice of the Cingalese people?