§ MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has received any remonstrances from private individuals or resolutions from public meetings in East Africa against the lease, disposition, barter, or grant of lands in East Africa to any syndicate, association, or trust; if there are any reports from Sir Charles Eliot on the subject; and, if so, will he inform the House of their nature.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY, Kensington, S.)
The only remonstrance addressed to the Foreign Office of the nature indicated is a telegram dated 2nd September, 1903, from the Planters and Farmers Association of East Africa stating that they protested against the proposed location of alien Jews in their midst. His Majesty's Government are in possession of the views of Sir Charles Eliot. As I have already informed the hon. Member, the Secretary of State does not propose to lay any Papers while the question is still under consideration.
MR.GIBSON BOWLES (Lynn Regis)
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether Sir Charles Eliot has resigned his post and is coming home?