HC Deb 30 November 1937 vol 329 cc1869-70
36. Mr. Lambert

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether the report of the Departmental Committee on Irish Free State immigration into this country will be published?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Yes, Sir. I propose to place a copy of the report—which is quite a short document—in the Library of the House before the end of this week. I will gladly send my right hon. Friend, and any other hon. Members who may express a wish to receive it, a copy of the report.

Mr. Lambert

Will the evidence also be placed in the Library?

Mr. MacDonald

No, Sir, the report which was presented to me consists only of conclusions drawn from the evidence which the Departmental Committee heard, and they make certain references to it.

Mr. Lunn

Could not the right hon. Gentleman place the report in the Vote Office?

Mr. MacDonald

The document is quite a short one, and it did not seem worth while going to the expense of producing a White Paper about it, but, as I have said. I propose to send copies of the report to hon. Members who wish to have them, and if the number is so large that it would be obviously wiser to put it in the Vote Office, I should be glad to do so.

Mr. Thorne

If the Minister is not willing to put the report in the Vote Office, could we not publish the text of it in the OFFICIAL REPORT?

Mr. MacDonald

I will consider the whole matter when I know how many copies are wanted.

Mr. Stephen

Will the right hon. Gentleman send me a copy?