§ MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state on what grounds Mr. Hop-ton was dismissed by telegraph from the service of the East Africa Protectorate, and why his repeated demands for reasons for his dismissal have not been acceded to; who the gentleman is who has been appointed to his place; and whether he has any practical knowledge of agriculture and knowledge of native language and customs that qualify him for the post.
§ EARL PERCY
Mr. Hopton was relieved of his duties in the East Africa Protectorate at the request of Sir C. Eliot on the grounds of his unsuitability for the appointment. He was informed of the reasons on three occasions by His Majesty's Commisioner. Mr. J. K. Hill has been appointed to succeed Mr. Hopton. He has practical knowledge of farming and agriculture in Great Britain and South Africa, and was recommended for the post by Sir C. Eliot.