THE EARL OF KIMBERLEY
Before the House adjourns, I should like to ask the noble Marquess whether he is able to give us any further information as to the state of affairs in West Africa?
THE PRIME MINISTER
I have a telegram from Sir Edward Monson which does not carry us much further, but I think it is more distinct and more free from ambiguity than that which I read to the House before. The telegram says—My note of Feb. 21 has been replied to by M. Hanotaux, who, referring to our conversation of the same day, confirmed, on the authority of the Minister of the Colonies, the insurance he had previously given that no French force has entered either Sokoto or Argungu, and that no French expedition has been sent to these regions.
§ The House adjourned at 5.55 till to-morrow at 4.15.