HC Deb 10 February 1870 vol 199 c119

said, he would beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the Government have succeeded in obtaining an amendment in the se stipulations in the Treaty with the Sultan of Zanzibar, which permit-Slave Trading in his dominions?


, in reply, said, that Her Majesty's Government had succeeded in obtaining an amendment in the se stipulations in the treaty with the Sultan of Zanzibar which permitted slave trading in his dominions. By the treaty to which his hon. Friend had alluded, the export of slaves from the dominions of the Sultan of Zanzibar was entirely prohibited. Subsequently, in 1863, an agreement was come to that the transport of slaves within the dominions of the Sultan should be prohibited entirely during the months of January, February, March, and April, as it was during the se months that the Northern Arabs repaired to Zanzibar for the purpose of procuring slaves for sale in the Persian Gulf. The agreement also authorized Her Majesty's cruizers to seize all vessels carrying slaves in the territorial waters of the Sultan during the se months. During the Recess a Committee appointed by Lord Clarendon had met at the Foreign Office to inquire into the whole subject of slavery on the East Coast of Africa. The India Office, the Colonial Office, the Treasury, and the Admiralty were represented on the Committee as well as the Foreign Office, and they had also the advantage of the presence of Mr. Churchill, Her Majesty's Consul at Zanzibar. That Committee had made its Report, containing valuable suggestions for the ultimate entire suppression of slavery. He hoped shortly to lay the Report on the table of the House.