§ MR. BUCHANAN
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the grant in aid to British Central Africa is, in future, to be paid through the Colonial Office and not the Foreign Office; and on what grounds has this change been made by which the Foreign Office ceases to be the Department responsible to Parliament for that Protectorate.
THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
The grant will in future be paid through the Colonial Office. The northward expansion of British colonial possessions in South Africa has emphasised the anomaly and inconvenience involved in the existence, in adjacent territories, of two different systems of law and methods of administration. These will best be harmonised by placing both 497 protectorates in future under the charge of the same Department.