HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 c1505
38. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the consultations with Colonial Governors in respect of deportations in the Colonies have now been completed; and what recommendations have been made.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The consultations initiated by my right hon. Friend's predecessor are still in progress, and I am not yet in a position to say anything as regards the outcome.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the, right hon. Gentleman say when it is likely that the report will be made, in view, of the urgency of this matter?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As the hon. Gentleman knows, Governors in the British Colonial Territories have a great deal to do at the moment. We are getting the information as quickly as we can, but it would be altogether wrong to press them to hurry it up.

Mr. A. Fenner Brockway

The hon. Gentleman used the word "consultations." I think his predecessor used word "reviews." Can he say whether it is intended to have a full review and whether it is intended to publish the report when it has been received?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Our line is entirely in keeping with that of the previous Government. We shall have consultations with the Colonial Governments and, having had those consultations, we shall review the position ourselves.

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