§ SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he is aware that concessions, purporting to be granted by the Queen Regent of Amatongaland, and covering landowning, mining, railway, waterway, and other commercial and industrial monoplies, are being offered for sale in England; whether the Queen Regent has power to grant such concessions; and, whether they have been made or acquired with the acquiescence of the Imperial Government.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
In reply to my hon. Friend, I may say that I have seen a notice in the Press of the formation of a Company to work an alleged concession from the Queen of Amatongaland, purporting to cede monopolies of the nature mentioned in the Question. The Queen has, however, denied that she has granted any such concessions; and Her Majesty's Government have not in any way recognized them. I may add that a letter on the subject was published in The Times of December 28 last.