§ MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any, and, if so, what, decision has been arrived at as to the amnesty of rebels in Cape Colony and Natal?
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
The question of amnesty has been left to the governors of the self-governing colonies, acting on the advice of their Ministers I have received the following message on the subject from the Governor of Natal, dated 12th March: "On the unanimous advice of my Ministers, and as a result of correspondence with you at Capetown and Madeira, I have exercised the prerogative of pardon in case of rebels still in gaol, twenty-three in all, and have issued a Proclamation providing for amnesty for all outstanding cases of rebellion, and for offences strictly consequent on the war. Details to follow by mail despatch."