§ 40. Mr. Riley
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether consultations have taken place regarding the desirability of setting up a standing 1127 joint committee of both Houses of Parliament, for the purpose of keeping under regular review questions pertaining to the development and well-being of our colonial subjects; and whether anything is being done in the matter?
§ Mr. George Hall
No consultations have taken place in this matter since the autumn of 1939, when the House was informed that the proposal raised issues of Parliamentary procedure and constitutional practice of a far-reaching character, which would require very careful consideration. My hon. Friend will appreciate, I feel sure, that war conditions do not provide a favourable opportunity for the consideration of such a matter.
Colonel Arthur Evans
In view of the fact that the Government have not found it possible to issue the annual Colonial Report for reasons of security, will my hon. Friend be good enough to ask his right hon. Friend to consider the matter again?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
In view of the fact that war conditions greatly restrict the time available for Debate on Colonial matters in this House and of the widespread feeling expressed by Members of the House the other day, will my hon. Friend ask his Noble Friend to reconsider this matter sympathetically?
§ Mr. Sorensen
Does my hon. Friend appreciate that many Members of this House who would like to discuss very pertinent matters to the Colonies cannot have an opportunity in these days, and 1128 will he devise some means whereby consultations can take place from time to time?