HC Deb 11 August 1890 vol 348 c518

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Her Majesty's Government, when they approve, in Article 6 of the New Convention of the South African Republic, making Treaties to secure the right to construct a railway to and a harbour at or near Kosi Bay, have taken into consideration the rights for similar and other purposes acquired by British subjects by concessions from the Queen Zambili?


Various alleged concessions have been brought to the notice of Her Majesty's Government by different parties, each claiming to have acquired rights which conflict with the claims of others, and, as Her Majesty's Government have not recognised any of these concessions, I cannot admit the inference of fact on which my hon. Friend has based his question.

SIR R. FOWLER (London)

On the same subject, I wish to ask my right hon . Friend whether his attention has been called to the statement of the Durban Correspondent of the Times that President Krüger has stated to the Volksraad that Her Majesty's Government have promised not to object to the annexation of Swaziland to the Transvaal whenever the affairs of the country are properly regulated?


I cannot believe that such a statement was made; there is no foundation for it.