HC Deb 24 July 1929 vol 230 cc1282-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Report of Sir Samuel Wilson on the agreement reached by him at Nairobi regarding constitutional changes in East Africa will be published; whether these proposals have received the support of the Governors of Tanganyika and Uganda, as well as of the acting Governor in Kenya; and when the policy of His Majesty's Government in regard to these proposals will be declared?


My Noble Friend is not yet in a position to say exactly when Sir Samuel Wilson's report will be made public, but he hopes that it will be possible for it to be published early in September simultaneously in this country and in East Africa. The right hon. Gentleman will no doubt agree that pending publication it would not be appropriate to reply to the second part of the question. A statement as to the action which His Majesty's Government propose to take will be made in due course after the publication of the report, but my Noble Friend is not able at the moment to give a more definite reply.


Am I to gather from the last part of the reply that this statement of the Government's intentions will be made in Parliament, or outside?


I am not in a position to give a definite statement, but I think I may say that it is likely to be made in Parliament.


Is it not the fact that the ex-Secretary of State for the Colonies said in this House that Sir Samuel Wilson had no power to reach any agreement whatever regarding constitutional arrangements?


I do not think I have said anything contrary to that opinion in my reply.