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Through Parliament, by deputations and publicity, or simply by letters to the Colonial Office, they sometimes played a very important part. The parliamentary zealots usually spoke for some group: McArthur for the Wesleyans, Kinnaird for Scottish Presbyterians, Stanley of Alderley for the Straits Settlements Association. J On the whole the pressure groups represented 1 T. G. A Biography, London, 1898,pp. 66-67. z Kimberley to Gladstone I I and 12 June 1873. O. to lay before Parliament Pope-Hennessy's proposal for uniting Labuan and the Straits Settlements, the head of the Eastern Dept.

1957), 30 (3), no. 179; D. G. E. Hall, A History of South-East Asia, London, 195 5, chs. 27 and 34-· 3 See J. M. Ward, British Policy in the South Pacific, I786-z893, Sydney, 1948; J. I. Brookes, International Rivalry in the Pacific Islands z8oo-I875, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1941; W. P. Morell, Britain in the Pacific Islands, Oxford, 1960, ch. iv. The Formulation of Colonial Policy In certain areas the Foreign Office encouraged the expansion of British influence and sometimes saw fit to advocate the annexation of territory.

This was particularly true of questions concerning the South Pacific, where Foreign and Colonial Office roles were generally rather confused. The Treasury and the War Office could easily frustrate a Colonial Office initiative by objecting to expenditure or by refusing to supply armed force. On the other hand, the Foreign Office sometimes advocated more positive action in cases where the Colonial Office was laggard. The attitude of the Foreign Office to British policy in the three regions was governed, in the first place, by general considerations of foreign policy, such as the fostering of friendly relations in Europe with her neighbours France and the Netherlands, the protection and encouragement of British trade, and the suppression of the slave-trade.

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