HC Deb 09 August 1875 vol 226 c774

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, in consequence of the statement contained in the Report of the Committee on Foreign Loans, any steps had been taken by Her Majesty's Government with reference to the Representative of Honduras in this Country?


Sir, in answer to the Question of the hon. Baronet, I have to state that the Report of the Committee of this House on Foreign Loans has only appeared within the last few days, and the evidence upon which it is based has not yet been circulated. The Secretary of State was therefore of opinion that it would be premature on his part to express any opinion on the conduct of the Representative of the Honduras Government in this country until he had had an opportunity of carefully perusing both the Report and the evidence on which that Report was founded. His noble Friend was also of opinion that it would be only just, in the event of any action being contemplated affecting the position of that gentleman, that previous to such action being taken he should have the opportunity of referring to his own Government on the matter, and of making such statement as he might think fit in his own defence.