HC Deb 14 April 1891 vol 352 cc478-9

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is true, as is reported to have been last week stated by the Colonial Secretary of Cape Colony, that the Imperial Government has expressed its willingness to agree to the annexation of Bechuanaland by Cape Colony?


Perhaps I may be allowed to answer the question. The incorporation at some time or other of the southern portion of Bechuanaland into the Cape Colony has always been contemplated since the first establishment of British authority in that country, but Her Majesty's Government have not at present decided to take any action. I may add that the telegraphic summary of the speech can hardly be accepted as correctly representing Mr. Sauer's remarks.