§ MR. BYLES (Salford, N.)
had on the paper the following Question: To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the the Colonies what has happened to the seven natives who several weeks ago were sentenced to death for the murder of Mr. Veal during the recent disturbances in Natal; will he say whether some of them have been reprieved; and does the Secretary of State anticipate that after so long a lapse of time the extreme penalty of the law will be enforced upon the remaining convicts. When called upon to put the Question the hon. Member said: "It is too late, the men have been executed."
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Churchill, Manchester, N.W.)
Perhaps I may be allowed to read the Answer. Of the seven men condemned to death the officer administering the Government of Natal has commuted the sentences of four. The death sentence has, I understand been carried out in the case of the other three.