§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the statement in the despatch of the late Colonial Secretary to Lord Rosmead, dated 10th April, 1897, that the British South Africa Company would have to make compensation for the Jameson Raid, still holds good; and, if not, what explanation is there (if any) for this change of policy.
§ *MR. LYTTELTON
I can only repeat the answer given by my predecessor on 1st April. 1901,† that His Majesty's Government have been advised that there is no legal liability on the part of the British South Africa Company to pay to His Majesty's Government, as representing the Government of the late South African Republic, any compensation in respect of the Raid, and that the right to exact reparation for any damage has not passed to His Majesty's Government.