HC Deb 14 June 1880 vol 252 cc1896-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, having regard to existing treaty and customary rights, it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to take any, and what, steps to ensure the safety of non-Mahomedans in Morocco, and their equality before the Law with the other subjects of the Sultan?


Her Majesty's Government have frequently instructed Her Majesty's Minister in Morocco to lose no opportunity of urging upon the Sultan's Government the necessity of extending equal privileges and full religious liberty to all classes of the population, and Sir John Drummond Hay reports that he has recently made personal representations in this sense during his visit to the Moorish Court. Her Majesty's Government are now considering the best means of making a joint remonstrance, in concert with other European Powers, in order to impress the Sultan with an adequate sense of the expediency of amending the administration of his Government, and of granting full civil and religious liberty to all subjects of the Empire.