HL Deb 23 July 1959 vol 218 cc465-6

4.6 p.m.


My Lords, before your Lordships continue the debate on The Highway Code, it might be convenient if I make the statement which was announced earlier this afternoon. I undertook on Tuesday, in reply to a Question addressed to me by the noble Lord, Lord Ogmore, to tell your Lordships to-day when the Report of the Nyasaland Commission of Inquiry under the chairmanship of MR. Justice Devlin would be laid before Parliament. The Report, together with a despatch from the Governor, is being published this afternoon and will be available in the Printed Paper Office at six o'clock.

I should also like to inform the House, in connection with the disciplinary inquiry arising from the deaths at Hola Camp in Kenya, that copies of the Command Paper containing the report of the disciplinary inquiry, together with the Governor's recommendations and my right honourable friend's conclusions on it, will be available in the Printed Paper Office later to-day. It has not been possible in the time available to publish the proceedings of the inquiry; but copies are being placed in the Library later to-day.

May I also touch on one other matter? My right honourable friend the Colonial Secretary received yesterday the Report of the Committee appointed under Lord Sinclair of Cleeves' Chairmanship to examine the functions and financial structure of the Colonial Development Corporation. As Your Lordships know, on Monday next we shall be debating the Corporation's Annual Report; and I am arranging for duplicated copies of the Sinclair Committee's Report to be made available to-morrow in the Printed Paper Office, in advance of printed copies.