§ MR. J. M. MACLEAN (Cardiff)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Imperial and Indian Governments have, as stated in a Reuter's telegram from Simla, made preliminary arrangements for the despatch of a force of 10,000 men from India for service in South Africa in the event of hostilities breaking out there; whether Her Majesty's Government have also received offers of military aid against the South African Republic from the Federated Malay States in Indo-China and from Houssa volunteers in West Africa; and whether the Government intend, in any case, to employ either Indian or black troops in a war against white men in South Africa.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I have to say that if the unhappy event to which the hon. Member refers should occur there is no intention of using any but white troops.