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Peace Negotiations With Boer Leaders

Volume 91: debated on Friday 22 March 1901

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I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Boer Leaders have intimated recently to His Majesty's Government terms on which they are prepared to end the war; and, if so, what are these terms.

No, Sir, except so far as they are to be implied from General Botha's conversation with Lord Kitchener.

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies a question of which I have given him private notice, namely, whether he can give any information to the House in regard to what does not appear from the Papers published—namely, the part, or parts, of the terms offered by the British Government which caused their rejection by the Boer negotiators.

No, Sir. I have no information whatever beyond what is given in the Papers.

Will he try to get this information from the authorities at the Cape?