HC Deb 10 March 1885 vol 295 c613

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether it is true that Sir Charles Warren desired the return of Mr. Mackenzie to Bechuanaland, that Sir Hercules Robinson has advised against such return, and that Lord Derby has upheld the views of Sir Hercules Robinson; and, whether he can state to the House the substance of Lord Derby's decision? He would also ask, whether it was true that the civil government of Bechuanaland had been placed under the direct authority of Sir Hercules Robinson?


The substratum of truth in these reports consists in the fact that certain questions have been raised in various quarters as to the wisdom and expediency of the continuance of Mr. Mackenzie with Sir Charles Warren. The Secretary of State, after communicating with Sir Hercules Robinson, telegraphed to Sir Charles Warren, saying that he has no desire to interfere with him, and leaves the matter entirely to his own discretion. As to the last Question of the hon. Baronet, I cannot understand upon what the report is based. No doubt, technically, Sir Charles Warren is under the High Commissioner; but there has been no change in his position since he was sent out.