HC Deb 05 June 1871 vol 206 cc1537-8

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, What action the Government have taken to carry out the Report of the Committee on the East African Slave Trade, dated 24 January 1870; and whether he has any objection to lay upon the Table Copies of all subsequent Correspondence that has passed on the subject?


Sir, Mr. Churchill, our Political Agent and Consul at Zanzibar, was instructed to make proposals founded upon the Report of the Slave Trade Committee to the late Sultan of Zanzibar, and on the death of that ruler, Dr. Kirk, who is now acting in the place of Mr. Churchill, was empowered to continue the same representations to the new Sultan of Zanzibar. All the Correspondence to the close of last year had been presented to Parliament, and there will be no objection to give the additional despatches that have passed since that time; but the rest of the Correspondence, which is departmental, and involves the opinion of the Treasury, cannot conveniently be given.