HC Deb 14 February 1871 vol 204 c253

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government are taking any and what steps to obtain compensation for the seamen and others who lost their employment and effects through the sinking of their vessels in the Seine by the Prussians?


, in reply, said, Her Majesty's Government, as soon as they learnt that British ships had been sunk in the Seine by the Prussians, took immediate steps to bring the matter under the official notice of Count Bismarck, who at once answered that full compensation should be given. There is no reason to doubt that this will be done as soon as the various claims can be substantiated and adjusted. Papers will be laid very shortly upon the Table of the House with reference to this question.