§ * MR. MACKARNESS (Berkshire, Newbury)
I beg to ask the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the report sof a meeting held on April 7th at Vrededorp, at which General Botha, addressing a meeting of citizens of the Transvaal, said that the atrocities which were being committed by the Chinamen must be put an end to, that the uncertainty of life and property which at present existed in the Transvaal could no longer continue, and that he had asked Lord Selborne to receive a deputation of himself and his friends; will he say whether Lord Selborne would receive such a deputation; and whether what took place would be communicated to the House.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
My attention has been called to a newspaper report of the speech. It appears that Lord Selborne is to receive a deputation on May 4th. I have received no official information on the subject, but Lord Selborne will no doubt report the result in due course, and the question of publication will then be considered.