§ MR. MARKS (Kent, Thanet)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether complaints have reached him from Orange River Colony that receipts or vouchers given by British officers to Dutch burghers in respect of cattle or other property taken for Army purposes during the South African War still remain unpaid; how many complaints have been received; and how have they been dealt with; and whether he can state the number of receipts or vouchers issued in the colony; the number of them now for any reason remaining unpaid; and the amount of money which such unpaid receipts or vouchers represent.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lytielton.) Complaints of this nature have reached me and, in reply to my inquiries, I have been informed that the great majority of them are based upon no reasonable grounds. As regards the remainder I am st11 in communication with the Governor of the Transvaal. Pending the receipt of the final Report of the Central Judicial Commission which has investigated the claims based on military receipts, I am not able to give the figures asked for by the hon. Member.