HC Deb 06 February 1902 vol 102 cc513-4
MR. BURT (Morpeth)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can now say what was the nature of the documents found by the Military when the offices of Messrs. Van der Byl and Van der Horst were searched in Cape Town; and, if they were of a criminal nature, what proceedings were taken, and with what result; whether a similar search was also made at the offices of Messrs. Sauer and Standen and at the private residence of Mrs. Hoopmans, and with what result; whether he will state by whose orders, and on what grounds, the house of this lady was for weeks watched by detectives; whether she is now freed from this police supervision; and whether the gentlemen named are now at liberty, or, if not, will he say on what charge they are still kept in custody.


I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave the hon. Member last Thursday, the 30th ultimo,† and I am not prepared to make any statement as to the nature of the documents found.