§ MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what steps are being taken for the repatriation of the Boer prisoners of war still kept in Bermuda; whether permission will now be given to such of those prisoners as may be willing to pay the price of their own passage back to leave Bermuda in order that they may return to South Africa; and how soon transports will be sent to Bermuda to convey to South Africa those prisoners who desire to return thither, and are not able to pay for their own passages.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Lord STANLEY, Lancashire, Westhoughton)
350 prisoners of war have sailed already, and 1,000 more will leave Bermuda about 10th August. Arrangements will be made for further batches to leave as soon as they can be received in South Africa. Those who are willing to pay their own passage may do so, provided they obtain permission from their Camp Commandant and secure the concurrence of the High Commissioner: only three have applied for such permission up to the present.