Rand Disturbances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya Colony. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert James Lieut-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert James , Bromley

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asked the Prime Minister whether the South African Government are setting up an inquiry into the origin and causes of the recent disorders in and about Johannesburg; whether a request will be made that His Majesty's Government may be supplied with a full Report of such inquiry; and whether, if it is ascertained that the recent disorders were directly traceable to Bolshevist organisation and incitement, this House may be informed at the earliest possible opportunity?

Mr. WOOD:

I have been asked to reply to this question. I understand that the Government of the Union of South Africa proposes to set up a Commission of Inquiry to deal with the issues raised by the recent disturbances. Copies of its Report, when published, will, no doubt, be supplied to His Majesty's Government.

Photo of Sir Maurice Dockrell Sir Maurice Dockrell , Dublin Rathmines

Will it be in accordance with precedent to congratulate General Smuts upon his firm handling of the outbreak?

Mr. WOOD:

I am not familiar with the precedents on the matter.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert James Lieut-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert James , Bromley

Will the hon. Gentleman answer the last part of my question?

Mr. WOOD:

I thought I had answered the last part implicitly, by the suggestion that when my hon. and gallant Friend had the Report before him he would be able to form his own conclusions, which might carry more weight than anything coming from myself.