§ MR. KNOWLES
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he has obtained the information asked for on Monday the 27th July 1874, namely, if he will lay before the House any information which can be obtained through Her Majesty's diplomatic representatives in Belgium and Prussia as to the functions of the ministers of mines in those countries; whether the inspectors employed act as cheque viewers as well as inspectors on behalf of the State; what are the salaries of such inspectors; and, whether in those countries coal and other mines are owned by the State; and, if so, in what manner those Governments lease their mines, whether 604 at a royalty rent or at a per centage on actual profits, and at what average royalty or per centage; and, if so, when he will lay such information before the House?
§ MR. BOURKE
, in reply, said, that information on the subject was contained in a Parliamentary Paper which had been laid on the Table for sanction. The answer to the first part of the Question was to be found on the first page, and the answer to the other parts on the second page of that Paper.