§ MR. MACKARNESS (Berkshire, Newbury)
To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the proposed Anglo-Portuguese Commission for inquiring into the recruiting of natives in Portuguese East Africa has been abandoned; if so, whether he can state the reasons for its abandonment; and whether any other Commission will take its place.
(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) Yes, Sir. The new Transvaal Government do not wish to proceed with it. They are appointing a Transvaal Commission to inquire into and report on the whole question of the recruitment of native labour in South Africa, and hope that a speedier settlement of the matter may be reached in this way.