HC Deb 23 March 1914 vol 60 c24
45. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Prime Minister the number of resolutions that he has received in connection with the Hyde Park and other public meetings protesting against the deportation of Mr. Hessel Jakob Poutsma, Mr. James Thompson Bain, Mr. Archibald Crawford, Mr. Robert Burns Waterson, Mr. George William Mason, Mr. David M'Kerrell, Mr. William Livingstone, Mr. Andrew Watson, and Mr. William H. Morgan, from South Africa by the South African. Union Government; and if he intends taking any action in the matter?


The number of resolutions received is about 330. As regards the attitude of the Government in this matter, I would refer the hon. Member to the speech made on the 12th February by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies, to which I have nothing at present to add.


Are we to be given to understand that the Government have taken the advice of their Law Officers as to the constitutional and legal right of the Government to intervene in any case?


That does not arise on the question. Perhaps the hon. Member would give notice.