HC Deb 01 November 1916 vol 86 c1743W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is responsible for the suppression in the Annual Report on Ceylon for 1915, just presented to both Houses of Parliament, where what is described as an estimate of injury to persons and property in the riots of that year is limited to alleged injury to the persons and property of Moors; why the injury to the persons and property of Sinhalese by Moors, and subsequently by the military and police, are not included; whether he will state the number of Sinhalese lives taken; and when an impartial statement of the entire results of the riots will be presented to both Houses of Parliament?


The reference to the riots in the Annual Report stands as it was received from the Colony. So far as I am aware, the persons and property of the Sinhalese suffered no material injury at the hands of either the Moors or the police and military, except as a result of action taken for the suppression of disorder. Full information as to the loss of life was given in the correspondence presented to Parliament in January last, and I see no reason for any further statement.