HC Deb 04 April 1871 vol 205 c1146

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the Treaty of Peace about to be signed at Brussels is to be ratified by the whole or any of the other European Governments without previous discussion or revision on the part of the Ambassadors of such Governments; and, if it be correct that the Dutch Government has demanded the adoption of the principle of respect for private property at sea in time of war, as well as an international definition of articles contraband of war?


Sir, we have no knowledge of the parties engaged in negotiations at Brussels proposing to submit the result of them before ratification to discussion or revision by other European Governments; and with respect to the second Question of the hon. Member, nothing is known of any demand or proposal by the Dutch Government which would affect private property at sea in time of war or the definition of articles contraband of war.