HC Deb 09 February 1900 vol 78 c1044

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what position on the staff of Sir Alfred Milner has Mr. F. H. Wilson, legal assistant of the Colonial Office, been appointed; has Mr. Wilson been appointed in an advising capacity to Sir Alfred Milner as Governor of the Cape or as High Commissioner; has Mr. Wilson's appointment been recommended or approved by the Cabinet of Cape Colony; and whether, seeing that the legal advisers to the High Commissioners of South Africa have hitherto been selected from the Cape Bar on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Cape Colony, will he explain on what grounds has there been a departure from this practice.


In view of the pressure of work in the High Commissioner's office, Sir A. Milner requested the assistance of an additional staff-officer with legal experience. Mr. Wilson will give general assistance to the High Commissioner, and his presence will in no way affect the constitutional relations between the Governor and the Cape Ministry.