HC Deb 17 April 1905 vol 145 cc325-6

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the fact that at a meeting of the Liberal Unionist Club, held at the Westminster Palace Hotel, on Wednesday April 12th, the Earl of Selborne, His Majesty's High Commissioner for South Africa, was elected at that meeting a vice-president of this political organisation; whether it is in accordance with the rules of the public service that a person holding the position of His Majesty's High Commissioner for South Africa should remain an office-bearer in a political organisation; and whether he will take steps to secure the Earl of Selborne's retirement from the post of vice-president of the Liberal Unionist Club.


I have inquired of Lord Selborne what the facts are, and he tells me that some time ago he gave specific notice that all political posts of the kind referred to by the hon. Gentleman must be abandoned by him now that he has become High Commissioner for South Africa.