§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (Stirling Burghs)
I desire to ask the First Lord of the Treasury a question of which I have given him private notice—namely, whether he has any information to give the House with regard to the 322 progress of the negotiations with the Transvaal.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I shall be glad if the right hon. Gentleman would address the question to the Colonial Secretary, who is the proper Minister to deal with the subject.
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I did not intend any disrespect to the Colonial Secretary, but I thought the matter was one of such importance that it would be the chief representative of the Government who would reply.
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
The matter is at present rather in a confused state. We do not ourselves entirely understand what has been proposed, and I would therefore prefer that the right hon. Gentleman should give notice for tomorrow.