§ MR. PLATT-HIGGINS (Salford, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he has any official information showing that Mr. Botha, a member of, the Cape Parliament for Aliwal North when captured lately by the Boers, was flogged and his farm burnt; whether, in view of the fact that the flogging of prisoners by the Boers is contrary to the Hague Convention, Lord Kitchener has protested against such action; and whether he will direct such steps to be taken as will prevent Mr. Sauer, the other member for Aliwal North, from being subjected to a like treatment at the hands of the Boers.
§ MR. BRODRICK
Mr. Botha and his brother have sworn affidavits to the effect that they were flogged by the Boers. I am not aware of what action Lord Kitchener has taken, but any members of commandos guilty of such outrages who may fall into our hands will meet with exemplary punishment.