HC Deb 12 February 1872 vol 209 c207

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with reference to the Memorial from the Native Chiefs and the White Population of the Fiji Islands praying Her Majesty to accept that dominion, Whether the reasons for rejecting the same were communicated to the Memorialists or are otherwise placed on record, and whether the Government will make known the same; and, if the policy adopted by Consul Thurston and other local authorities towards the Polynesian Company as disclosed in the Correspondence and Documents lately published has received the approval of the Government?


As at the time of the presentation of the Memorial, to which the hon. Member alludes, the future policy of Her Majesty's Government with respect to the Fiji Islands had not been finally agreed upon, it was not considered advisable to give any definite reply to the purport of the Memorial.