§ BARON H. DE WORMS (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of Slate for the Colonies when the final cession of Swaziland to the 147 Transvaal Government will take place; and whether he will state the nature of the provisions for the security of the native population after the withdrawal of the British and Native Representatives, and present further Papers on the subject?
§ MR. S. BUXTON
The provisions for the security of the native population of Swaziland are contained in the Convention which has already been laid before the House; the Convention has, however, not yet been ratified by the Volksraad of the South African Republic. The arrangement, authorised and indicated under the Convention, between the South African Republic and the Swazi nation is now being negotiated. This arrangement is subject to the approval of Her Majesty's Government. I would remark, in regard to the first part of the question, that there is no question of "the cession of Swaziland"; Swaziland is not ours to cede; and it is not to be incorporated into the South African Republic.