§ MR. MACKARNESS (Berkshire, Newbury)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the Governor of the Transvaal has recently announced his inability to protect His Majesty's subjects in that Colony from the crimes of Chinese deserters from the gold mines, except by arming with guns or rifles every white man living within ten miles of the mines; and whether His Majesty's Government will take steps, either by repatriation of the Chinese coolies or otherwise, to restore order and security for life and property in the Transvaal.
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
Yes, Sir, my attention has been called to the action taken by Lord Selborne in view of the deplorable state of things to which my hon. friend refers and I can assure him that the Government are fully alive to its gravity. Further measures, which I hope will be effectual, are being considered by Lord Selborne, and I hope that an announcement on the subject will shortly be made.