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Swaziland—Proposed British Protectorate

Volume 92: debated on Monday 1 April 1901

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I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether His Majesty's Government have decided to accept the petition of the Swazi Queen Regent and Council for the protection of the British Government.

Sir Alfred Milner has been asked to inform the Swazi Queen that the Swazis should keep quiet as long as the war lasts and behave peacefully, and that at the end of the war it will be remembered that they desire to live under British protection.

Is that answer to be taken as a promise to take the Swazis under protection?