HC Deb 08 December 1943 vol 395 cc948-9
14. Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will arrange for Governors who are in London on leave or duty to meet hon. Members?

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Colonel Oliver Stanley)

The hon. Member will appreciate that, owing to the varying duration of visits and to the pressure of official business, it would not be possible in some cases to make any definite or formal arrangement. I welcome, however, as many opportunities as possible for informal contact between Governors and hon. Members, and on this basis and subject to the limitations I have mentioned, I will gladly bear in mind the suggestion the hon. Member has made.

Mr. Keeling

Would not my right hon. and gallant Friend be a little more definite, and say that, subject to the limitations he has mentioned, he will arrange for such meetings?

Colonel Stanley

If my hon. Friend will say exactly what arrangements, I will be a little more definite.

Mr. Keeling

That Governors should be invited to meet hon. Members informally.

Colonel Stanley

Hon. Members must themselves take a little initiative in the matter.

Mr. Turton

Could not arrangements be made through the all-party Panel to meet Governors on leave?

Colonel Stanley

I do not think that the all-party Panel or a very big meeting is necessary. In many cases hon. Members would get much more advantage from a meeting of a less formal kind.

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