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Volume 65: debated on Tuesday 28 July 1914

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any preparations are now being made for a military expedition in Somaliland; and, if so, what is the nature of these preparations?

No, Sir. I explained the situation in Somaliland on 24th February, and the policy then indicated has not been altered.


asked what is the nature of the instructions under which the civil officer in charge of Somaliland is now acting; and what are the instructions given to the military officer in charge at Burao?

No formal instructions have been Issued to the Commissioner of Somaliland, but he is, of course, aware of the policy of His Majesty's Government, and I am in close touch with him. There is no military officer at Burao, but a Commandant of the local forces has just been appointed, and I am considering in consultation with the Commissioner what instructions should be issued to him.


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now undertake to lay further Papers on Somaliland?