HC Deb 15 August 1879 vol 249 cc1035-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the negotiations between the British and United States Governments relative to a Consular Convention have been concluded; if so, if he will be good enough to cause the Correspondence to be placed upon the Table of the House; if the two Governments have agreed upon the details upon which to base the Treaty; and, if he can explain why he has not introduced the Bill which he promised last Session?


Sir, Her Majesty's Government have been unable as yet to conclude a Consular Convention with the United States, and the negotiations have been suspended pending the passing of an Act of Parliament giving the necessary powers to Her Majesty's Government to carry out such a Convention. A Bill has been prepared; but it was not found possible, owing to the press of Business before the House, to introduce it this Session with any prospect of success. I hope it will be done, however, in the ensuing Session.