HC Deb 06 August 1857 vol 147 cc1205-6

having brought up the Report of Committee of Supply,


said, he would take occasion to state, in reference to the Vote of £40,000 for defraying the cost of executing public works, maintaining educational and benevolent institutions, and promoting civilization among the native tribes in South Africa, that he had given notice that it was his intention to oppose it, but that, not anticipating that the House would have gone into Committee of Supply on a Wednesday, he had not been present when the Vote was proposed the clay before. It was not his intention, he might add, to enter into any discussion with respect to it that evening, and his object in rising was simply to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary for the Colonies whether the Vote, which had originally been granted for a period of only three years, would again appear upon the Estimates?


said, he could only repeat what he had stated on Wednesday. Sir George Grey, the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, had asked for this sum for three years, but he had not implied that it would then be unnecessary after that period to call upon Parliament for some assistance for the purpose of promoting civilization among the frontier tribes. He had in fact implied that after three years some assistance from Parliament would be required, because what he had stated was that after that period he did not think it would be necessary to ask for so large a sum. He could assure the hon. Gentleman that he should be glad to see the possibility of a Vote for the purpose discontinued without injury to the wise policy which Sir George Grey had adopted; but certainly he could not assent to checking that policy, for which Sir George Grey deserved infinite credit, by refusing any assistance from Parliament, if such assistance should be necessary.

Resolutions agreed to.