HC Deb 30 March 1882 vol 268 c309

asked whether the Government had received any information as to the state of affairs in Basutoland?


Sir, we have received by telegram from the Governor of the Cape the following summary of the statement of the Prime Minister in the Cape Parliament:— That there shall be no abandonment under any circumstances; that there shall be no renewal of the war, nor confiscation, except as a last resource; that the disarmament proclamation shall be forthwith repealed; and that a Commission shall be appointed to assess the injury done to loyals and traders, and to pay for it in money; that Commission will also inquire into and report on the advisability of establishing local self-government, and as to propriety of giving the people some measure of representation in Parliament. With these concessions, and an efficient police, it is hoped disaffection may be subdued, and law and order gradually re-established throughout the whole of Basutoland.