HC Deb 27 March 1873 vol 215 c222

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the article in the "Mémorial Diplomatique" as to the purchase of arms by Carlist agents; and, whether they will be prepared to follow the course taken by the French Government, prohibiting the exportation of arms to the Carlist party?


I am not aware, Sir, whether any Members of Her Majesty's Government have or have not read the article in The Mémorial Diplomatique. I may say for myself that I have not seen it; but I need scarcely remind my hon. and gallant Friend that the sale and purchase of arms in this country cannot be considered as an illegal act, and Her Majesty's Government cannot proceed exceptionally in the present instance.