HC Deb 15 July 1875 vol 225 cc1484-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any communications have lately passed between Her Majesty's Government and His Highness the Sultan of Zanzibar, with respect to the suppression of the Slave Trade within his dominions; and, if so, whether he has any objection to communicate the substance of them to the House?


, in reply, said, that communications had passed between Her Majesty's Government and the Seyyid of Zanzibar since he had been in this country. The House was aware that, under the Treaty of 1873, certain doubts had arisen which the Law Officers of both Her Majesty's present and late Government considered would impair the efficiency of the Treaty. Another Treaty had been signed by the Sultan since he had been in this country; and he (Mr. Bourke) trusted that the result of that would be that the object of the Treaty of 1873 would now be carried out in its full force. There would be no objection to lay the Treaty before the House in a few days as soon as necessary formalities had been gone through.