HC Deb 12 June 1873 vol 216 c841

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Government can give the House any information as to the intended occupation of the Attrek Valley by the Russian Government; whether the Russian Government have claimed possession of this valley; whether the route along this valley is not the direct road from the Russian Forts on the Caspian to Herat; and, whether any Communication has been received from any Foreign Power by Her Majesty's Government or by the Government of India upon the subject?


Sir, with respect to the first and second Questions of my hon. Friend, the Foreign Office have no official information upon those points. With regard to the third Question, I confess that I am not sufficiently acquainted with the roads and passes in Asia to be able to hazard an opinion; and, as touching the fourth query, I may say that no such communication has been received by Her Majesty's Government, and the Government of India is not in direct communication with Foreign Powers.