HC Deb 11 August 1881 vol 264 cc1541-2

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he has received any information about a Resolution proposed in the Court of Policy at Demerara praying for an independent inquiry into the recent defalcations in the Administrator General's Department; and, whether he will take steps to secure that the inquiry now proceeding shall be thoroughly independent and searching in its character, by not allowing any of the indirectly implicated officials to take part in it?


No official information on the subject has been received at the Colonial Office; but from the Reports in the Colonial newspapers it appears that a Resolution to the effect stated by the hon. Member was proposed in the Court of Policy, but was either withdrawn or ruled to be out of order. The inquiry referred to in the second part of the hon. Member's Question is completed; but my noble Friend the Secretary of State proposes to have another and independent inquiry.