§ 12. Mr. GRAHAM WHITE
asked the Secretary of State for India if he is now in a position to state the price at which the Report of the Simon Commission will be published?
§ Mr. BENN
As the hon. Member no doubt knows, that is a matter for negotiation between the Indian Government and the Treasury. The Indian Government has already made a substantial contribution with a view to making the report available to the public at a price lower than commercial considerations would demand.
In view of the immense importance of having this report published at a price which the public can 784 afford to pay, will the right hon. Gentleman give further consideration to this matter; and will he, particularly, bear in mind what has been said by the hon. Member for East Birkenhead (Mr. White) as to the precedent of the Samuel Report?
§ Mr. FREEMAN
Would not the publication of a summary of the report meet the difficulty and be of great advantage?