HC Deb 02 May 1889 vol 335 cc980-1
SIR G. CAMPBELL (Kirkcaldy, &c)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the attention of Her Majesty's Government had been drawn to a telegram in the papers of 30th April, purporting to give the substance of a speech of Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of the Cape and High Com. missioner for South Africa, in which he advocated strongly the policy of Colonial extension and the eventual handing over native territory to the Cape and Natal, and used these words—"No place remains in further South Africa for direct Imperial rule"; and whether Her Majesty's Government had adopted that policy; or, if not, whether the could permit a high functionary to go sc far in promoting a policy not yet determined, or would ascertain if there be error in the telegraphic report?


In answer to the hon. Member, I have to say that it is undesirable to take any action upon a telegraphic summary of certain portions of a speech, and that Sir Hercules Robinson sailed for England yesterday morning for the purpose of discussing fully with Her Majesty's Government the policy to be pursued in future in regard to the native territories in South Africa.