§ MR. CHANNING () Northamptonshire, E.
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now received and considered the report of the meeting held in Malta on 5th May to protest against the increase of taxation and the substitution of the English for the Italian languages, and has considered other evidences of dissatisfaction in Malta at these changes; and whether he will now consider the advisability of withdrawing or modifying the proposals of His Majesty's Government as to Maltese administration.
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
I have received a report of the meeting referred to, which will be considered, together with all other matters bearing upon the question. As at present advised, I see no reason for departing from the decision already arrived at.