I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make an announcement though he hopes that the name of the Chairman of the Royal Commission and the detailed terms of reference will be announced quite soon. The importance of this inquiry is fully realised.
May I ask the Leader of the House if he will convey to the Prime Minister two things? First, since there was a suggestion in the debate in another place yesterday that the Royal Commission would not begin work until January, will he represent to the Prime Minister how important it is that it should begin its work forthwith? Secondly, will he ask the Prime Minister to bear in mind, in choosing the personnel of the Commission, and in view of the multi-racial community in East Africa and Kenya, the advisability of including people other than Europeans on it?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State is reported to have said in Kenya only yesterday that an announcement about the Commission will be made before the end of this week? Can he explain the delay? If not, then could we have somebody who is capable of answering our questions?
I do not know that there is any delay. I have said that it is hoped to make the announcement quite soon. I cannot carry in my mind—indeed, I have not seen—all sorts of things that may have appeared in the newspapers this morning. If the right hon. Gentleman wants to know why not, he will remember from his time in office that one is very busy in the morning of the day the House is to prorogue.