HL Deb 10 July 1935 vol 98 cc273-4WA

asked His Majesty's Government whether the White Paper containing the aide-mémoire given to General Hertzog regarding the Protectorates in South Africa, which was promised by the Secretary of State for the Dominions in his speech in the House of Commons on June 20, will include:—

  1. 1, The Memorandum handed to General Smuts in July, 1933, and "the exchange of letters with General Hertzog" referred to in that statement;
  2. 2, the statement on the position in Basutoland which the Under-Secretary announced would shortly be made; and
  3. 3, the instructions to the High Commissioner in South Africa regarding the plans for co-operation with the 274 Union Government, also referred to by him.


A Command Paper is to-day being presented to Parliament containing theaide-mémoire and the Memorandum referred to. It is not contemplated that the exchange of letters with General Hertzog, or the letter which was sent to the High Commissioner regarding cooperation with the Union Government, both of which were semi-official in character, should be published. As regards Basutoland, it is not yet possible at present to make a general statement, but the position is that applications have been received from the local Government for assistance from the Colonial Development Fund in respect of the principal recommendations of the Report of the Basutoland Financial and Economic Commission, and that these applications are now receiving consideration with a view to their submission to the Colonial Development Advisory Committee.

House adjourned at twenty minutes past Seven o'clock.