Does not the right hon. Gentleman recall getting somewhat indignant last week at suggestions that the publication of this Report, which he has now had for more than three weeks, has been unduly delayed? If he is really anxious not to evade his responsibility to the House, will he please answer Question No. 36 now and tell us what action has been taken?
Has the Colonial Secretary reconsidered his own position in relation to this matter, in view of the fact that he declined inquiries into these camps that might have prevented this tragedy; and that the coroner criticised both the Cowan Report and the misleading statements of the Kenya Government, for which the right hon. Gentleman is responsible?
If hon. Members opposite wish to debate this Report, no doubt they will have a chance to arrange it through the usual channels. As to any charges against myself, I have nothing to add to what I said on the matter yesterday.
But why is the Colonial Secretary so coy about this? Why is he not ready now to tell us what action he is taking? It is, of course, possible for us all to read the Report, but is he still not aware—and by his grimaces he apparently is not—that this is one of the most serious charges that have ever been made? Does he not think that he owes it to the House of Commons now, if he has reached conclusions, to say what action he is taking in connection with these disciplinary charges?
It is precisely because these are serious charges that I think that it would be most unwise to attempt to summarise the matter. The hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members can read the Report and challenge me on it as much as they like next week.
This is really an impossible situation. Is the Colonial Secretary taking any action against any other officers arising out of the disciplinary inquiry against Messrs. Coutts and Sullivan, senior officers of the Administration? That is a simple question.
All that will be shown in the paper, which will be available very shortly—today. It will contain the Report of the Disciplinary Inquiry, a Despatch from me to His Excellency the Governor, and two Despatches from him to me. It will be found that they cover the matter fully, and I think that the hon. Gentleman will be well advised to read them.