§ MR. H. O. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to a statement made in the Johannesburg Times of the 1st February, to the effect that a Boer field-cornet of the name of Bodinstein had cleared out the representatives of the firm of Messrs. E. Harvey from the town of Krugersdorp on the ground that they were Asiatics; whether they were, in fact, natives of India and British subjects; whether the law of the Boer Republic permits the expulsion of peaceable traders on no other ground save that of their nationality; and, whether he will make full inquiry into the circumstances of this case?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. SYDNEY BUXTON, Tower Hamlets, Poplar)
If my hon. Friend will forward me the statement to which he refers, and the facts appear to justify inquiry, inquiry shall be made into the matter.