HC Deb 13 May 1919 vol 115 c1431

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, in connection with the claim made by the British South African Chartered Company, in the event of this matter being seriously considered with a view to any payment, he will consider the advisability of taking as a first step the appointment of a Select Committee to make a thorough inquiry into the whole matter?


As at present advised, His Majesty's Government do not consider that an inquiry by a Select Committee would be a suitable method of procedure, but they are considering in what manner the nature and extent of any financial obligations arising out of the recent judgment of the Privy Council can best be ascertained. As I stated in reply to questions by the right hon. Member on the 16th of April, the Government will not commit themselves to any payment in respect of this claim without the sanction of the House of Commons.