HC Deb 17 December 1906 vol 167 cc1024-5

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet had an opportunity of using his friendly offices with the Natal Government to secure the return of the Zulu rebels at present in prison to their homes, in view of the distress prevailing in those districts owing to the absence of the male population.


As I informed the hon. Member on the 3rd instant,†the Natal Government are, Iunderstand, taking all necessary measures to relieve distress. The question of deciding as to the return of the Zulu rebels to their homes is one for the local government.

MR. MYER (Lambeth, N.)

Do the Government not intend to grant an amnesty to these native patriots and let them return to their homes?


I have answered that Question.

MR. BYLES (Salford, N.)

I beg to.ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can yet say whether the proposed transfer of Natal prisoners to a diamond mine in the Transvaal will take place.


I am unable to add anything to the Answer which I gave to the hon. Member's Question on this subject on Monday last.†