HC Deb 26 March 1900 vol 81 cc315-6

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether there exists any valid reason for allowing code messages to be transmitted to Foreign territories, notably to Lorenco Marques, and disallowing them in the case of our own possessions in South Africa; and whether in view of the discontent excited by this discrimination as against our own Colonies, he would undertake to extend to these the privileges in respect of cipher messages promulgated in the recent order.


The discrimination was made on military grounds on the recommendation of the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, during the earlier part of the campaign. The Secretary of Stale for War is prepared to consult Lord Roberts on the subject at an early date.