§ SIR LEES KNOWLES
On behalf of the hon. Member for Bedford, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies at what date the proposed Conference at Johannesburg between representatives of the South African Colonies with regard to shipping freights will be held; and what will be the terms of reference and method of procedure.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON,) Warwick and Leamington
The conference will meet about the 22nd instant. The terms of reference and the method of procedure have, I understand, not been finally settled, but Lord Milner informs me that the object of the conference will be to inquire into the charges now obtaining for ocean freights to South Africa and 1351 the disposal of shipping orders by the various Governments, and to endeavour to arrive at some means of securing advantages equal to those enjoyed by the Governments for the general public, and that the delegates will be invited to present a report and recommendations. Every opportunity of being heard will be given to parties interested. As the conference commences about the 22nd instant it is desirable that persons wishing to give evidence should attend as soon as possible after that date. But the proceedings will be prolonged, and no doubt English witnesses leaving 14th August or even 21st August would be in time.