§ COMMANDER BETHELL (York, E. R., Holderness)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Map of Africa by Treaty, recently published by Sir E. Hertslet, has any official authority as well as the high authority of its author; if his attention has been called to the general map facing page 18, vol. 1; and, if he considers the spheres of influence in Central Africa to be there correctly indicated?
§ SIR E. GREY
The hon. and gallant Member will no doubt agree with me in appreciating the very high value which is to be attached to the Map of Africa by Treaty, and the obligation which we are all under to Sir E. Hertslet, who has compiled it. It is stated in the preface that the book has no official authority, and I am informed that the map to which attention is called was inserted at the last moment as the best general map available. The map is, however, on a very small scale, and there are in some places inaccuracies in the colouring of the boundaries.