HL Deb 06 July 1916 vol 22 cc601-2

As the Mesopotamia Papers, which we were promised would be published early in July, have not yet been issued, I would appeal to the noble Marquess the Leader of the House to use his influence with the India Office to get them circulated as soon as possible. These Papers were promised about two and a half months ago. The noble Marquess himself expressed the, hope that we should have them by Whitsuntide, and the Under-Secretary of State for India undertook that they should be in our hands in the early days of July. We have now reached the 6th of July, and there seems no sign of the Papers being published.


I will certainly convey to my colleague at the India Office the representation which the noble Viscount has made. My noble friend the Under-Secretary is not in his place to-day; otherwise I have no doubt he would have been able to state exactly what the circumstances are which have caused the delay. The Papers are, I believe, in a form ready for publication, and it can only be, as I understand, a matter of getting them printed and circulated. So far as I know, there are no outstanding questions in connection with them to cause any delay.

House adjourned at twenty minutes before Five o'clock, till To-morrow, half-past Ten o'clock.