§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the approaching termination of the appointment of the present Governor of Hong-Kong and the Imperial importance of the colony in its relation to China, will he consider the expediency of appointing a governor of wide experience to succeed the present officer administering the colony.
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
Sir H. Blake's appointment does not expire till November, 1904. It is always my desire in recommending the appointment of a Governor for any colony to endeavour to secure the services of a gentleman of experience.