HC Deb 30 May 1881 vol 261 c1664

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, If the new loan of two millions for the Cape Government, just announced by the Crown agents for the Colonies, is being issued under instructions of Her Majesty's Government; and, if he is yet in a position to say whether the Cape Government is a corporation that can be sued; and, if not, whether he is satisfied that the giving instructions would not of itself carry responsibility, failing other remedy?


To the first Question my reply must be in the negative. The loan is issued, as the prospectus shows, on behalf of the Cape Government under an Act of the Colonial Parliament. In reply to the second Question, I have to say that I am not yet in a position to add anything to what I said on the 2nd of this month. As to the third Question, I have to repeat that the Imperial Government undertakes no responsibility for this or any such loan, direct or indirect. I have further to remind my hon. Friend that I promised Papers on this subject as soon as possible.