HC Deb 10 December 1928 vol 223 cc1678-9
20. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether his attention has been called to the projected tour of business men from Great Britain to South Africa next year; if it is contemplated to extend any official assistance to promote the success of this mission; and if any communication has been addressed to the Government of South Africa in relation to the arrangements of facilities to enable the members of the touring party to have the fullest opportunity of inspecting the economic situation in South Africa?


I am aware that the British National Union are organising such a tour to South Africa next year. The proposal seems to me an excellent one, but it is not contemplated that official assistance should be given by His Majesty's Government in Great Britain, nor has any communication been sent to His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa on the subject.


But is not this really a case in which some representations ought to be made to the Government of South Africa to give every possible assistance to this important delegation which is going out next year?


This is a privately organized delegation, and I have no doubt, like similar delegations organized under the same auspices, it will receive a great deal both of public and private help.