HC Deb 09 February 1915 vol 69 c385
11. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether his attention has been called to the special official "Gazette" published at Nairobi, on 5th November, 1914, in which the Governor and Commander-in-Chief announces that war has broken out between England and Turkey; and whether he can say if this is the uniform practice in such proclamations?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

The proclamation to which my hon. Friend refers was a preliminary notice issued upon the receipt of my telegram announcing the outbreak of war between this country and Turkey. The Royal Proclamation of the 5th November was subsequently sent out by dispatch and has presumably been published by the Governor in the Government "Gazette."


Did my right hon. Friend, in his telegram, say that war had broken out between Turkey and England or Turkey and Great Britain?


I do not remember what the precise wording of the telegram was but I hope my right hon. Friend will not attach, under the pressure to which we were all subject at that time, any undue importance to the accidental use of a colloquial error.

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