HC Deb 19 October 1909 vol 12 cc124-5

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he would say by whom were witnesses to give evidence before the Committee of Inquiry into the organisation of the Crown Agents' office selected exclusively from among persons connected with, dependent on, or recipients of money from the Crown Agents; why was no independent witness called; and, having regard to the limited value of a Report based on the ex parte statement of the Crown Agents' case, and the vast sums of money and other interests controlled by that body, without responsibility except to persons dependent on them, whether their revenue, ex- penditure, and methods are to be made the subject of an inquiry at which independent witnesses will be called?

Colonel SEELY

There is absolutely no foundation for any of the suggestions contained in this question.