HC Deb 12 August 1947 vol 441 cc2261-2
40. Mr. Vane

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the scope of the proposed changes in the administration of Alderney.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Oliver)

If the hon. Member is referring to the scope of inquiry of the Privy Council Committee in regard to Alderney, I would refer him to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Darwen (Mr. Prescott) on 10th July last.

Mr. Vane

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Lieutenant-Governor made a statement the other day concerning the proposed changes, and included in his speech remarks which were widely considered to be veiled threats? Will the hon. Gentleman assure the House that no changes in administration will take place in Alderney as a result of any threats?

Mr. Oliver

All I can say is that the Committee consisting of the Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for North Leeds (Mr. Peake) and Lord Ammon, has been appointed to consider the constitutional question. That Committee was only appointed on 3rd July, and we cannot expect any report from them yet.

Major Haughton

Would the hon. Gentleman be prepared to consider a letter which I received an hour ago from the Channel Islands, referring to a document which is to be put before the Royal Court there in September?

Mr. Oliver indicated assent