HC Deb 15 May 1879 vol 246 c400

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he can give the House any information as to a Treaty lately concluded between Germany and the Government of the Samoan Islands, by which certain rights of property have been guaranteed to German subjects in those islands; and, whether British subjects in those islands have complained that under Article 6 of the said Treaty their proprietary rights are endangered?


I think my hon. and gallant Friend is correct in supposing a Treaty has been lately made between the Governments referred to. Last January the German Consul in Samoa communicated to Her Majesty's Consul a Treaty which had been made between the German Government and the Government of the Samoan Islands about that time. It was at once ratified by the Samoan Government; but we have not heard whether it has been ratified by the German Government. We have received a copy of the Treaty; but have had no complaints from British subjects or others affected by it.