HC Deb 21 July 1960 vol 627 cc709-10
13. Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies since what date Colonial Regulations have been freely available for inspection at the Colonial Secretariat in Hong Kong.

Mr. J. Amery

I will find out the date and inform the hon. Member.

Mr. Thornton

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that his right hon. Friend informed the House last week that these Regulations are freely available? However, I have a copy of a letter from the Hong Kong Colonial Secretary dated 10th December, in reply to an inquiry by an Australian accountant resident in Hong Kong, which states: I am directed to refer to your letter of 8th December"— —

Mr. Speaker

Order. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman could keep in order by summarising the effect of the letter.

Mr. Thornton

This reply clearly indicated that copies of the Regulations were not available for public inspection. In view of that, will the hon. Gentleman look into the matter? I will send him a copy of the correspondence. If he finds that what I have said is right, will he ensure that this House receives accurate information and not information which misrepresents the position?

Mr. Amery

I will certainly study carefully any correspondence which the hon. Gentleman likes to send me.

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