HC Deb 27 July 1904 vol 138 cc1332-3
MR. SAMUEL SMITH (Flintshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the complaints in South Africa that the British authorities have in many cases refused payments of receipts given by British officers for goods forcibly requisitioned during the war; and whether he will grant a Commission to investigate those complaints with a view to a remedy.


The great majority of military receipts have now been disposed of, over £2,500,000 having been devoted to this object through the agency of the civil Government. I have received a few complaints of the nature referred to, and am in communication with the Government with regard to them. A Commission has been and is sitting to investigate claims, and I do not propose to appoint any other body to supersede it.