HC Deb 11 April 1956 vol 551 c211
49. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will issue a White Paper setting forth the Government's conclusions in the recommendations of the East African Royal Commission 1953–55 Report.

The Minister of State for Colonial Affairs (Mr. John Hare)

My right hon. Friend is now considering despatches from the three East African Governors and the Administrator of the East Africa High Commission which gave their views on the Report. He intends to publish these despatches as a White Paper as soon as possible, together with a Memorandum commenting on them.

Mr. Johnson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the House will be glad to hear that reply? It is almost twelve months since this Report, the most important document ever published on East Africa, appeared, and a debate in the House is needed at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. Hare

As the hon. Member is aware, this was a very important Commission, and the territories concerned have given intense examination to the matter. They have sent their views to us at length, and they must be considered with great care.