§ 42. Mr. FALLE
asked if the proposal to present a battleship originated with the Sultan of Perak or if the suggestion was made by a British official and conveyed to the Sultan of Perak and, through the same channel, to the three other Sultans of the Federated Malay States; and if a repetition of this offer by other protected States will be pleasing to the Government?
I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the dispatch from the High Commissioner for the Malay States published in the Press on the 18th of December last, which gives a full account of the origin of the proposal. I do not think that it Would be fitting or discreet that I should answer the second part of the question.