HC Deb 10 March 1959 vol 601 cc1076-7
28. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what discussions he had with Archbishop Makarios during his visit to London concerning the authenticity of the Grivas diaries; and if it is now intended to publish the diaries in full.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "None", and to the second part, "No, Sir".

Mr. Robinson

Is the Colonial Secretary aware that some of us are getting a little weary of the continuing discoveries by the Government of plots and conspiracies whenever political conditions become difficult in the Colonies? Is he aware that we shall now give the same credence to this story that we gave to Dr. Jagan's plot to burn Georgetown and the Nyasaland plot to assassinate Europeans?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The hon. Gentleman almost dissuades me from the wisdom, despite the vast expense and labour, of publishing the diaries. I do not, however, think that any responsible people have any doubt about their authenticity. As I said before, cannot we all look to the future in Cyprus rather than the past?

Mr. Mellish

Would the right hon. Gentleman say that about the boys who gave their lives?