I am not aware of any developments, or that any discussions have taken place. This is a matter within the competence of the Governor, who is not required to give reasons for the ban, or to indicate which articles were not considered suitable for circulation in Kenya.
Does that mean that when a publication has been banned by a Government and it includes a number of contributions from the colleagues of the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary of State, the right hon. Gentleman himself has made no inquiries from the Governor and has not asked him the reasons for banning it or what was the nature of the particular article of which he disapproved?
The question of banning any periodical is in the absolute discretion of the Governor and it is not part of our duty to contest his ruling, as the right hon. Gentleman knows full well.
I did not ask the hon. Gentleman whether he contested the ruling, but whether his right hon. Friend had ever asked the Governor his reasons for banning the publication and what were the particular items to which he took exception?
Does the Minister realise that there is a strange contrast between the banning of this paper in one place while Communist literature is still allowed to circulate in another place? Does he think it is more dangerous than in another place? Can he say if there is any other area in which "Labour Monthly" is banned?
I think the right hon. Member for West Bristol (Mr. Stanley) ought to know better—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] Yes, I mean that and the right hon. Gentleman knows that what I say is perfectly true. When more and more self-government is given to Colonies they must have a lot of these detailed decisions in their own hands. We cannot have self-government, on the one hand, and interference from Whitehall in every little detail, on the other.