§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is intended that the present arrangements as to slavery, and as to fugitive slaves, should continue on the Zanzibar Coast under the control of Her Majesty's Government after the abolition of slavery in the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. G. CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
Under the existing arrangements on the mainland coast of the Protectorate any slaves can gain their freedom by crossing the ten-mile border into the interior. For this and for other reasons, which the limits of an answer do not provide an adequate opportunity for stating, it is not proposed to alter the arrangements on the coast.