§ MR. BRYCE
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what part, if any, of the mainland of East Africa south of the point on the coast where the British and German "spheres of influence" meet is included in the "Sultanate of Zanzibar," over which according to Lord Salisbury's Despatch, it has been agreed that Her Majesty shall assume a Protectorate, or is it to be understood that all such part of the Sultanate as lies on the coast of the mainland from the above-mentioned point south ward to as far as Cape Delgado is to be transferred to the Protectorate of Germany?
§ SIR J. FERGUSSON
I stated on the 20th inst. that the dominions of the Sultan of Zanzibar, with the exception of the strip of coast farmed out to the German East Africa Company, were included in the proposed British Protectorate. The coast is south of the point where the British and German spheres of influence meet, and is not included. I should add that the Island of Mafia, lying off this coast, will probably not be included in our Protectorate in case of Germany arranging with the Sultan for its inclusion in the territory to be ceded to her.