§ 36. Colonel GRETTON
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies under what circumstances and for what reasons he proposes to leave this country to visit South Africa; whether the cost of this visit will be charged to public funds; and, if so, will he state what is the estimated cost?
I am going to South Africa as a member of a delegation of the British Empire Parliamentary Association composed of all parties, which I may say was arranged some time before the present Government; took office. The cost of this visit will not be charged to public funds.
§ Mr. J. HARRIS
Is it not a fact that this welcome visit is being very warmly assisted by South African public opinion, and that very generous arrangements are being made for the deputation?
§ Mr. HANNON
Is it not a distinct advantage to the Empire that the Colonial Secretary should go to South Africa?
I feel sure that question will be directed to the hon. Member who put the question to me. I think it would be an advantage.
§ Colonel GRETTON
As there has been considerable misunderstanding in this matter, may I thank the right hon. Gentleman for having cleared the matter up?
§ Mr. HUGH O'NEILL
Is it not a fact that the cost of the trip to South Africa is being defrayed by the South African Government?