HC Deb 19 March 1889 vol 334 cc131-2
MR. WALTER M'LAREN (Cheshire, Crewe)

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he was aware that it is impossible to set down the appeal against the validity of the warrant on behalf of Dinuzulu, for which leave has been obtained, until the record has been sent by the Natal Registrar direct to the Registrar of the Privy Council; whether the Order in Council granting leave to appeal was sent out to Natal by Messrs. Loughborough and Gedge, solicitors or agents in the case, on the day they received it, a month ago, and whether everything has been done on their part, and on the part of Dinuzulu's friends, to push on the appeal; and, whether, in these circumstances, the Government intend to take advantage of this technicality and allow the trial to take place, or whether they will rather give time for the appeal to be heard?


The reply to the first paragraph of the hon. Member's Question is in the affirmative; and as regards the second paragraph, the Secretary of State has no information. In answer to the last paragraph, I may say that this is not a matter of technicality, as the result of the appeal in no way affects the competency of the Commission to try the case. I can only refer the hon. Member to the answers which I have already given in the House to himself and other hon. Members, especially to that which I gave him on the 8th inst.