HC Deb 05 February 1963 vol 671 cc41-2W
81. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he proposes to publish the Muirie Report on Malta Dockyard; and whether the reply of Messrs. Bailey will be published simultaneously.

Mr. Sandys

I will deal with the matters raised in this question in the statement I hope to make shortly.

84. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the date on which the Muirie Report was completed and presented to him; what representations have been received from the Prime Minister of Malta about the Report; what discussions he proposes to have with the Governor of Malta about the Report; when, and where; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sandys

The Report was received on the 15th August. I have had discussions with the Prime Minister and the Governor on it and the Minister of State for Colonial Affairs continued the discussions in Malta last weekend. I am still aware of the anxiety felt in Malta and hope to make a statement very soon.

85. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware of the increasing concern among the people of Malta, and especially among the workers in the dockyard, over the delay in publishing the report of the Committee of Inquiry; and whether he is now able to publish it.

Mr. Sandys

Yes. I am well aware of the situation, but must ask the hon. Member to await the statement which I hope to make very soon.