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Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he intends to present to Parliament during the present Session a comprehensive report dealing with recent economic, political and social developments in our Colonies?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

No, Sir. My Noble Friend does not propose to present such a report this year.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

How does the right hon. Gentleman expect Members of this House to discharge their obligations unless they have information, and is he aware that no report has been issued since the outbreak of war?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

The compilation of these reports is a fairly big task in my Department. I think the hon. Member will agree that in the circumstances we are better employed trying to take decisions than in writing blue books.