HC Deb 31 July 1876 vol 231 c119

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether any steps have been taken to give effect to the proposal made by Her Majesty's Minister at Pekin, that a Chinese Consul should be appointed to reside at Hong Kong, and which was approved by Lord Carnarvon as only the recognition of a reciprocal right which China is entitled to claim in common with all other Powers whose subjects resort to the Colony, if International Law and the usage of civilized States are to be applied in our relations with that country?


, in reply, said, that no decided step had been taken in the matter, as the Government were considering whether the desired end might not be attained in another manner more in harmony with the wishes of the Legislature of Hong Kong than by appointing a Chinese Consul there.