HC Deb 27 July 1868 vol 193 cc1820-1

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Spanish Authorities have arrived at any decision in the case of the "Tornado"; whether the owners of that ship have had the benefit of "a proper judicial investigation" and an appeal, as stipulated for in his Lordship's Despatches to Sir John Crampton of 25th and 30th of May, 1867; and, whether there would be any objection to produce all the Correspondence on this subject not yet laid before Parliament?


said, in reply, that he had received information that the Tornado had been condemned by the Prize Court at Cadiz, and he had heard a rumour that the decision had been confirmed by the Council of State, but he had received no official information on the latter point. With regard to the second part of the hon. Member's Question, he was waiting the Report of the Law Officers of the Crown, to whom the case had been referred, and until he received their Report it was impossible for him to say whether or not any irregularity had arisen in the proceedings. When he received that Report, it would be his duty to consider it, and he should then have no objection to lay upon the table all the Papers relating to the matter which had not reached his hands at the date of the last publication.