HC Deb 07 August 1877 vol 236 c537

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether a commercial treaty has been concluded between France and Italy; whether he can now lay it upon the Table of the House; whether Italy was not informed that this Country was prepared to negotiate a new treaty with Italy at the time any treaty between France and Italy was negotiated, in order that the interests of England might be duly considered; and, if he can inform the House whether any peculiar circumstances prevented this being done?


, in reply, said, a Commercial Treaty had been signed between France and Italy. He was not prepared to lay it upon the Table, as it had been communicated to Her Majesty's Government in confidence. With regard to the other two Questions, they seemed to have been asked under a misapprehension. The existing Treaty between England and Italy had been prolonged for another year. Italy was very well aware, as all the world was aware, that they were quite prepared to negotiate a new Treaty. The last Question, therefore, fell to the ground.