HC Deb 17 February 1871 vol 204 c379

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it be true that Her Majesty's Government have received communications from our Foreign Legations relating to a reported Treaty or understanding between Russia and Prussia; and, if so, whether it is their intention to make such communications, or any of them, known to the House?


said, in reply, that although it was true that at different times rumours had reached Her Majesty's Government with reference to the subject mentioned by the hon. Member, as they had never assumed any official shape, they had not been looked upon by the Foreign Department as official communications.