HC Deb 21 February 1896 vol 37 c817
SIR W. WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)

On behalf of the hon. Member for the Holmfirth Division of the West Riding of York: I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he can state, approximately, the population of the Transvaal, distinguishing between Natives, Boers, and Outlanders.


I would refer the hon. Member to the Parliamentary Paper C. 7,633 of 1894, which contains the latest official information on the subject. According to the estimate given therein the figures are:—Transvaalers and Orange Free Staters, 70,861; British subjects, 62,409; other foreigners, 15,558. In 1891 the native population was supposed to number about 650,000. The hon. Member is aware that the population of the Rand has largely increased since 1894, and that all the figures are subject to much controversy.

SIR WILFRID LAWSON (Cumberland, Cockermouth)

said, the right hon. Gentleman had alluded to the trial. Could he inform the House whether any arrangement had been made as to the time of the trial?


All questions with regard to the trial should be addressed to the Law Officers. [A laugh.]