§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the 1322 Colonies whether he is aware that the Transvaal Civil Service Bill contains a clause empowering the Government to alter all the conditions of service from time to time by regulations which shall be in force and effect notwithstanding that they are not published in the Gazette; and, whether in view of the feeling of insecurity which is entertained among the British members of the public service, the details of this measure will be considered by His Majesty's Government before the Royal Assent is given to its provisions.
§ COLONEL SEELY
I have seen a statement to this effect in the Press, but have no official information on the subject. The Act will be duly considered by the Secretary of State before tendering any advice to His Majesty with regard to it, but the control of the Civil Service is prima facie a matter for the Government and legislature of the Colony.