HC Deb 09 April 1875 vol 223 cc604-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any complaints on the part of the German Government against that of Belgium for the neglect of its international obligations have been communicated to the English Government; and, if they have, whether they have any objection to lay the Papers relating to them upon the Table of the House?


I see, Sir, on the Paper another Question upon this subject, proposed to be asked me by the hon. Member for Wexford County (Mr. O'Clery), and with the permission of the House I will answer that Question at the same time that I answer the Question put by my hon. Friend. Her Majesty's Government are aware that a communication has been addressed by the German Government to the Belgian Government, calling attention to certain matters in regard to which the German Government think the Belgian Government has not fully performed its international duties. A reply to that communication has been sent by the Belgian Government to the Government of Germany. Copies of these documents have been received at the Foreign Office; but they have been communicated to the Foreign Office confidentially, and, under those circumstances, it is impossible to make them public. I may add that neither by the German nor Belgian Government has any appeal been made, in this correspondence, to the Guaranteeing Powers.