HC Deb 04 July 1923 vol 166 cc445-6
89. Mr. C. ROBERTS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the native chiefs of Barotseland, including some of the signatories of the original concession, dispute strongly the interpretation put upon that instrument by the Chartered Company; whether they are known to be desirous of laying their views before the Secretary of State; and whether, before reaching any arrangement with the Chartered Company, he will give facilities to these chiefs to visit this country, includng that of allowing their expenses to fall on the Barotse native fund?


The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative; as to the third, I do not think that personal presentation in London of the views of the native chiefs on the matters now under discussion would be of advantage, but I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for Bedford Mid on 13th June.