HC Deb 20 June 1878 vol 240 cc1886-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government are negotiating with the Government of Monte Video for the sale of the British Protestant Cemetery at that place as building ground; and, if so, whether Papers on the subject can be laid upon the Table before the contract is concluded?


Sir, negotiations for the sale of the British Protestant Cemetery at Monte Video are still going on between Her Majesty's Government and that of Uruguay. One of the stipulations is that no part of the cemetery now occupied by graves shall be interfered with for, at least, five years; and the British community are desirous of removing the bodies of those who have been interred. I do not see that any object would be gained by producing the Papers, as the transaction will in all probability be completed before the Papers could be laid on the Table; but if my hon. Friend will confer with, me privately, I have no doubt we shall be able to agree about the matter.