HC Deb 24 July 1894 vol 27 c813
MR. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, to whom I have given private notice of the question, whether he knows anything of the statements made in a telegram in The Standard, dated "Johannesburg, Monday," to the effect that General Joubert has impressed a number of British subjects at Zout-spansberg into the Boer Army, and that among the conscripts is an English journalist who had given offence by his criticism of the Boer campaign?


I know nothing of this telegram, and as the South African Republic has released those British subjects whom it had impressed, by reason of the Convention we hope to conclude with the Republic, if any others have been impressed it must have been done under a misapprehension, and no doubt they will be released also.


Will Her Majesty's Government take measures to secure the safety of British subjects?


They have been doing so.