HC Deb 18 July 1910 vol 19 cc1051-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he had noticed the constant use of the expression United South Africa; whether, since the word Union is written in inverted commas in the definition clause of The South Africa Act, 1909, it is not as distinctive a term as Dominion in the case of Canada and Commonwealth in the case of Australia; whether reference should not be made to the Union of South Africa or the South African Union, but not to United South Africa; and whether the Secretary of State will make some announcement as to the correct appellation before the incorrect one has come into common use and become stereotyped in current phraseology?

Colonel SEELY

"United South Africa," if used as a title is not correct. The correct title is the "Union of South Africa," or shortly "the Union." The regular use of the correct title in official documents, both here and in South Africa, will it is to be hoped, establish it in common use.