§ SIR GILBERT PARKER (Gravesend)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a communication has been received through the Governor of the East Africa Protectorate from Mr. W. A. Burn, barrister at-law, practising at Nairobi, asking for compensation for unsustained prosecution in connection with the Nairobi flogging incident; and, whether, in view of the opinions expressed by the magistrate in acquitting him, the Government still declines to consider his claim to compensation.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
Mr. Burn was present in the crowd upon the occasion of the flogging incident at Nairobi on the 14th of March, 1907, and was charged by the police with being a party to those improper proceedings. He was summoned to attend the Court at Nairobi on the 25th March, and after a fair hearing of the case was discharged by the magistrate. There is nothing in this to warrant any claim for compensation, and certainly none will be entertained by His Majesty's Government.