HC Deb 28 May 1919 vol 116 c1207
44. Sir O. THOMAS

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Belgian Administration of the Congo recently organised a settlement of Belgian farmers in the Colony; that the settlement was a failure owing to the inadaptability of Belgians to Colonial life; that the survivors were all repatriated by the State; that the area of the Congo as at present defined is 1,000,000 square miles, with a total white population of 5,000; that the Belgian policy is still one of declared exclusion of other peoples; and that the Belgian claim to a mandate in respect of Ruanda and Urundi can, therefore, only be actuated by a desire to exploit the native population?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

I have no information with regard to the incident to which the hon. and gallant Member refers in the first part of his question, and as to the remainder I am not in a position to express any opinion.