§ SIR BLUNDELL MAPLE (Camberwell, Dulwich)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, inasmuch as the Secretary of State for War has promised to consider the proposal to allow those members of the reserve forces at present in South Africa, who are willing to remain out there, a free passage home at any time they like within three years, 958 but said that he could only grant the usual reservists allowance, whether the Colonial Office will make up the difference so that the reservists shall receive, at least, 10s. per week during the time they remain in South Africa, and can similar arrangements be made with regard to officers.
(Answer.) The Colonial Office have no funds at their disposal for such a purpose, but it is believed that there will be sufficient opportunities for those who remain to earn good wages at their trades. (Colonial Office.)