HC Deb 21 February 1912 vol 34 c598

asked the Colonial Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that Mr. Malan, Minister of Education in the Union Parliament of South Africa, delivered the principal address on the annual Degree Day at the University of the Cape of Good Hope in the Dutch language; whether there is any precedent for this address being delivered in any language other than English; and whether he will suggest to the Union Government the advisability of addresses of this kind not being delivered in a Foreign language?


Yes, Sir. I have seen a report to this effect. As the South Africa Act expressly provides that both English and Dutch shall be official languages and on a footing of equality, I am at a loss to understand on what ground I could address to the Union Government the gratuitously offensive suggestion made in the last part of the question.


Does the right hon. Gentleman still adhere to the statement made by himself and his colleagues that there is no analogy between a Union Parliament for South Africa and self-government for Ireland?