HC Deb 16 February 1938 vol 331 cc1904-5W
Mr. Lunn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will publish the evidence submitted to the Commission on the Trinidad and Tobago disturbances or, alternatively, whether he will place a copy in the Library of this House?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

A considerable and important part of the evidence was given in camera, and the Commissioners gave the witnesses in these sessions a definite pledge that it would not be disclosed. I am not, therefore, prepared to publish that part of the evidence. A copy of the rest could be placed in the Library of the House of that were the general wish of the House, but I do not think that in the absence of the evidence given in camera it would serve any useful purpose, as it would not present a fair picture of the information which was placed before the Commission.

Sir A. Wilson

asked the Secretary of Slate for the Colonies whether he is aware that fewer English and American tourists are now visiting Trinidad and Tobago than is usual at this season; and whether he will make a statement, for the reassurance of the public here and in the United States of America, to the effect that in both islands the general situation is now normal and the Government fully able to deal with any situation that might arise?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have no information as to the number of tourists at present visiting Trinidad and Tobago, but I have no reason to suppose that my hon. and gallant Friend's information is not correct. I am happy to be able to give the assurance requested.