16. Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he will issue a review of the Colonial Empire during the past two years in time for the Colonial Estimates this Session?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)
The previous reports circulated with the Colonial and Middle Eastern Services Estimates in 1938 and 1939 were prepared in peacetime. In view of war-time difficulties,, the preparation and the publication of such a report cannot be undertaken at present.
Mr. Creech Jones
Will my hon. Friend consider the publication of such a report, since this is the only review of the Colonial 897 Empire issued to Members of Parliament? Will he bring to the notice of his Noble Friend the very great importance during war-time of the House being informed of what is happening in the Colonial Empire?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Will my hon. Friend reconsider this question, and will he consider whether the fact that we are in war conditions does not make it more necessary that such a report should be published?