§ MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government of Her late Majesty protested on any occasion to the Government of the Transvaal Republic against the use of the word " native " to include Her Majesty's Indian subjects; and whether that protest was ever withdrawn?
§ MR. CHURCHILL
His Majesty's Government in the negotiations which terminated in the arbitration at Bloem-fonteim in 1895 refused to admit that the word " native " in the London Convention covered Indians. In view, however, of the circumstances of the case, they agreed to legislation by the South African Republic in derogation of the strict interpretation of the Convention.