HC Deb 16 October 1946 vol 427 cc876-7
12. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the recent auditor's report on the Ceylon Government's accounts was not published as usual as a Sessional Paper; and why the accounts report of the Ceylon Civil Defence Department was not published.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am informed by the Governor of Ceylon that the reports to which my hon. Friend refers were published on 26th September and 3rd October respectively as Sessional Paper No. XVI and Sessional Paper No. XVIII.

Mr. Reid

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there has been great delay in the publication of the Sessional Paper?

Mr. Creech Jones

There was a delay, due to the fact that the Governor required the advice of a legal secretary and also of the Minister regarding policy.