HC Deb 20 November 1918 vol 110 c3397

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has now received a memorial from Ceylon asserting that of hundreds of cases of illegal shooting alleged to have taken place during the riots only ten were investigated, in every one of which the allegations were proved; and whether, under these circumstances, he will grant the full public inquiry asked for into the other cases, and thus remove the sense of wrong unredressed which has shaken the confidence of the Singalese people in British justice?


I have now received a copy of this memorial, but I await the observations of the Governor of Ceylon. I see no reason for any further public inquiry into the allegations at this date, and I cannot admit the accuracy of the suggestion in the concluding sentence of the question.