§ 54. Mr. GLAZEBROOK
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the question of reoccupying Hargeisa, in British Somali-land with a view to checking the tribal raiding and looting that is now prevalent in that neighbourhood, and to giving greater security to life and property?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)
No, Sir, Hargeisa is in the interior of the Protectorate at a distance of some 100 miles from the 1003 Government headquarters, and its re-occupation would be a departure from the policy of withdrawal from the interior, which His Majesty's Government adopted after the most careful consideration.
§ Sir RANDOLF BAKER
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the districts around Hargeisa are still parts of the British Somaliland Protectorate?