HC Deb 28 November 1928 vol 223 cc437-8W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether consultation with the Governors of Tanganyika and Kenya is to precede any publication of the Hilton Young Commission's Report; whether the Report was unanimous; whether the Report of the Parliamentary group which visited Tanganyika will be taken into account; and whether Sir George Schuster will also be consulted before any Report is acted on?


With regard to the first part of the question, I must explain that I have asked the Governors of Tanganyika and Kenya to arrange to reach England by the middle of January, by which date I hoped that it would be possible to publish the Report. Should it be necessary to delay publication for a short period, any discussions which may take place in the interval will be of a preliminary nature. With regard to the second part, it would not be proper for me to anticipate publication of the Report by answering a question of this nature. As to the third part, if the Report by the four hon. Members who recently visited Tanganyika should be published, it will, of course, receive my attention. As to the fourth part, the duties of members of a Commission terminate on the presentation of their Report. Should reference to the members of the Commission be necessary at a later date, Sir George Schuster would be in the same position as the other members.