HC Deb 16 July 1923 vol 166 cc1856-7

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Ceylon National Congress and other political associations in Ceylon passed resolutions criticising the proposed scheme for the revision of the constitution; if any such resolutions or memorials from these political bodies have been received by the Secretary of State; and, if so, why they have not been included in the Command Paper (1906) recently issued?


Several communications have been received from the Ceylon National Congress and other bodies interested in political developments in the island, including a Memorial, dated 23rd May last, from the Ceylon National Congress, which was received by mail too late for inclusion in Command Paper 1906. It was not felt necessary to delay publication of the Paper, as the Memorial definitely states that the views of the Congress are contained in the memorandum printed as the first item in the Paper. I shall be happy to show the Memorial to the hon. Member should he wish, and to include it in a later Paper if there be any general desire for this course. It is impossible to print all the communications received, but it is believed that the documents printed give an adequate representation of the views held on the subject.