§ MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will lay upon the Table of the House the despatches from Sir Charles Eliot approving of an alien autonomous settlement in East Africa, and the despatches of Sir Charles Eliot disapproving of an alien autonomous settlement in East Africa. I will also ask the noble Earl at the same time whether the Government intend to appoint a Committee to investigate the charges which have been made in connection with the East Africa Company.
The following Question on the same subject also appeared on the Paper.
§ MR. TREVELYAN (Yorkshire, W.R. Elland)
To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will lay upon the Table the Papers and Correspondence relating to the resignation of Sir Charles Eliot.
§ THE UNDER - SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
The last Question of the hon. Member for Orkney, should. I think, be addressed to the Prime Minister. In reply to the Question on the Paper I have to say that in view of the interpretations which have been placed on Sir, Charles Eliot's telegram to the Prime Minister and the misunderstanding to which it has already given rise, the Secretary of State has decided to publish the Papers. The Secretary of State would prefer not to lay Papers at the present stage of the negotiations with the Jewish Colonisation Trust, but the Correspondence will in any case be laid before a final decision is arrived at.