HC Deb 24 March 1964 vol 692 c225
19. Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he will appoint any officials as observers of the Malta referendum; and why he has decided not to allow the appointment of a representative of the United Nations Secretary-General.

Mr. Sandys

I am not yet ready to make any statement about the choice of observers.

Mr. Bottomley

Can the Secretary of State give any idea when this is going to be done? Will it be before the rising of Parliament for the East Recess?

Mr. Sandys

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Jeger

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that he is bound to have questions put to him after this referendum takes place in Malta? Would it not be better for him to arm himself with the views of hon. Members on both sides by sending out an all-party delegation to supervise the referendum?

Mr. Sandys

I am open to any suggestions.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Will at least one of these observers have knowledge of the language and customs of Malta?

Mr. Sandys

I hope so.

Mr. Driberg

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the right hon. Gentleman's replies on a number of aspects of the Malta problem, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.

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