HC Deb 22 July 1875 vol 225 c1815

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, When the Correspondence relating to the differences which had arisen between the King of Burmah and the Indian Government, promised by him on the 21st of June, will be produced; and, whether it would be still detrimental to the public interests to furnish Parliament with some authentic official information as to the character and issue of the recent negotiations with the King of Burmah?


, in reply, said, he did not promise to lay the Papers upon the Table of the House on the 21st of June, but on that day he undertook that Papers should be laid upon the Table relating to those differences when they could be published without detriment to the public service. Negotiations were not at present concluded, and therefore he thought it would be inadvisable to lay Papers upon the Table of the House which contained only incomplete, and consequently misleading, information. Neither could he state distinctly when they would be laid upon the Table. In reply to the hon. Member for Elgin (Mr. Grant Duff), on July 8, he stated that the differences which had arisen between the Government of India and the King of Burmah were satisfactorily settled with the exception of one, and he added that he hoped that would be amicably disposed of. He had nothing to add to that Answer, except that the hope which he then expressed, was, and continued to be, well founded.