HC Deb 08 March 1900 vol 80 c368

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Boer prisoners confined on board ship at Cape Town and other places have suffered severely and for long periods from sea sickness; and whether, under these circumstances, the Government will arrange to relieve those prisoners of this punishment by removing them to a place of safe keeping on shore.


Before my hon. friend answers that question, may I ask whether there is any foundation for the statement that prisoners belonging to the Cape and Natal forces are subject to special indignities at Pretoria, and are confined in the common gaol?


Order, order! That does not arise out of the question on the Paper. The hon. Member must give notice of his question.

*THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. J. Powell-Williams,) (for Mr. Wyndham) Birmingham, S.

There is no information at the War Office to this effect. The disposal of the prisoners is under the consideration of Her Majesty's Government.