HC Deb 20 May 1914 vol 62 c1925
9. Mr. HUNT

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Federated Malay States have been forced to raise a large loan in London to pay for the "Dreadnought" given to this country on the suggestion of the chief secretary of the Malay States; and, if so, whether the Government intend to take any action in the matter?


As I informed the hon. Member for the Bridgeton Division of Glasgow on the 13th instant, the loan which the Federated Malay States propose to raise is to be applied to the construction of railways and other public works and for the purchase of lands and materials in connection therewith.


Is it a fact that the Government have got a "Dreadnought" from the Malay States, and that they are obliged to borrow the money?


No, Sir, I do not agree to any of the assumptions of the hon. Member.