HC Deb 30 June 1959 vol 608 c232
39. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has yet received the report of the tribunal considering the disciplinary charges against Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Coutts; and if he will make a statement.

41. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the disciplinary committee, which has been inquiring into the actions of the Hola Camp commandant and his deputy, is yet in a position to issue a report.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No, Sir.

Mr. Robinson

Is not the Colonial Secretary aware that it is more than six weeks since these disciplinary charges were instituted; and, in view of the fact that the Attorney-General told the House that all the facts were known in this matter, why the delay? Is he now trying to delay publication of the report until the Recess?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I repeat what I said. This is the sort of malicious innuendo that I deeply resent. Nothing of the sort is intended, but the disciplinary inquiry is concerned with the position of two servants of the Crown in Kenya, and it is essential that the charges against them should be properly gone into, and not skimped or hurried in order to meet some need of the hon. Gentleman. The disciplinary inquiry has already been completed and the tribunal is now preparing its report and recommendations. It will then have to be considered by the Governor, his Ministers and by me. I shall arrange for the report and proceedings to be published as a Command Paper. I hope this can be done some time next month, well before the House rises.