§ Major NATHAN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies 2130W whether he is now in a position to state when the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the recent disturbances in Palestine will be published; whether the evidence will be published at the same time; and whether such evidence will include the whole or any part of the evidence given in camera?
§ Dr. SHIELS
The Report has been received and is now under consideration. I am not yet in a position to make any statement with regard to the exact date of publication, beyond what I said on Monday in reply to a question by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Stafford (Mr. Ormsby-Gore). It is not proposed in any case to publish the evidence givenin camera.
§ Colonel HOWARD-BURY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, now that the Report of the Committee of Inquiry on Palestine has been received, it is proposed to publish the minutes of evidence at the same time as the Report; and when is it expected that the Report will be published?
§ Dr. SHIELS
As already stated, the Report will be published at the earliest convenient date. At present and pending consultation with the High Commissioner, I cannot say how soon that will be. No decision has yet been taken with regard to the evidence which is very voluminous, and some of it, takenin camera, must necessarily be excluded from any publication. It is not proposed to delay the publication of the Report itself.