§ MR. J. A. PEASE (Essex, Saffron Walden)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the limitations of British Somaliland within which effective protection is now given to the native population; and whether natives are now armed to protect 648 themselves in the whole of the area in British Somaliland outside such limitations. Perhaps, having regard to the statement of the noble Lord last night on the rising of the House, he will inform the House whether the Government is likely to be induced to modify or vary in any way the policy recently announced owing to arrangements having been made with the Mullah.
THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PEKCY,) Kensington, S.
I am not aware that it is the intention of the Government to modify their policy. The right to British protection is limited to the country inhabited by the tribes with whom His Majesty's Government have treaty engagements. The Answer to the second paragraph is in the negative.