§ SIR J. PEASE (Durham, Barnard Castle)
I wish to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs a question of which I have given him private notice— namely, whether his attention has been called to the statement that appeared in The Pall Mall Gazette of last Saturday, that a copy of Mr. Laws's Report on Greek finance was privately circulated before being presented in a proper manner to this House; whether this statement is correct, and whether there was anv delay in issuing the Report?
§ *SIR E. GREY
There is no foundation whatever for the statement quoted in my hon. Friend's question, nor for the other allegations in the article to which my attention has been called. There has been no delay in issuing the Report. It was received at the Foreign Office on March 20; the first proof was received on April o; it was sent to the Press on the 8th; and a full copy was laid on the Table of the House of Commons on the 1lth, last Tuesday.