HC Deb 23 June 1879 vol 247 cc421-2

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the investigation into the mur- der of Mr. William Anderson, manager of the Telegraph Station at Canea in Crete, and of his clerk Nicholas Vlackaki, who were shot on December 14th 1878, is now definitely completed; and, if so, whether he will lay the Papers on the subject before Parliament; and, if, however, the inquiry is still open, will he inform the House what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice?


Sir, Her Majesty's Government has felt the deepest interest from the first in this very lamentable affair, and from the information they have received it is impossible to arrive at any other conclusion than that the local authorities seem to have done their best to discover the perpetrators of the murders, but, I am sorry to say, without success. I do not like to say that the inquiry is absolutely closed. At the same time, there does not seem any probability at present of the murderers being discovered. I have no objection to lay the Papers on the Table of the House?


asked, Whether the Government has made, or will make, any demand on the Turkish Government for pecuniary compensation for the family of the late Mr. Anderson?


Sir,that is a very different subject, and one certainly that has not received as yet the attention of Her Majesty's Government.