Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Development

– in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will now take into consideration the setting up of a Standing Committee of both Houses of Parliament to act in an advisory capacity in the work of colonial development and reconstruction?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

This question was dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Undersecretary of State, in his speech on colonial development in the Debate on the Address on 26th November. I am unable to add anything to the statement which he made on that occasion.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Is not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that in almost every Debate for several years, not only in this House but in another place, this demand has been put forward, with general acceptance by Members of both Houses?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I listened to the Debate to which I have referred, and I know that the hon. Member put this forward with very great persuasion; but my right hon. Friend has given his reason why, at any rate at the moment, he prefers another method of approach.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Is not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is a new Colonial Secretary now? Is there not to be a new policy as a result of his arrival?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that fact.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Is it not a fact that very great weight has been given in another place to this suggestion? Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not give it very careful consideration?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

It did not need the weighty support in another place. The hon. Member put the case very fairly and fully in this House, and it is naturally a matter to which one gives very serious consideration.