§ MR. HENNIKER HEATON (Canterbury)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there are in existence any documents in the nature of evidence purporting to connect the ex-Sultan of Perak, Abdullah, with the murder of the British resident, Mr. Birch, in 1874, by certain Malays, other than those published in the Papers laid before Parliament and communicated to the ex-Sultan; and, if so, whether, in face of the persistent, affirmations of innocence on the part of the accused Prince and the unanimous testimony of those about him to the same effect, he will communicate to the ex-Sultan or to the hon. Member for Canterbury the documents referred to, so that His Highness may have an opportunity of refuting or disproving them?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. SYDNEY BUXTON,) Tower Hamlets, Poplar
I am not aware that any documents bearing on the question of Abdullah's alleged complicity in the murder of Mr. Birch are in existence other than those already published in the Papers laid before Parliament.