HC Deb 10 April 1876 vol 228 cc1481-2

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the report in the "Times" of April 4th is correct, that there remains 9,000,000 dollars of unexpended balance from the Geneva Award; and, if Her Majesty's Government have had any communication with the American Government on the subject, and what action they intend to take in the matter?


Sir, Her Majesty's Government possess no information on the matter beyond that contained in the published reports of the proceedings of Congress. A Commission was appointed some time ago at Washington to investigate the claims. The sittings of that Commission have been extended by Congress until the 22nd of July next, and consequently it cannot be said for certain what will be the amount, if any, of the surplus of the award. Her Majesty's Government have not had any communication with the United States Government on the subject, and have no intention of taking any action in regard to the appropriation of the award among the American claimants.