MR. MAC IVER
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Mr. Kennedy, who is now in Paris on a mission connected with the Commercial Treaty, has instructions to make any representation to the French Government with reference to the Shipping Bounties?
§ SIR JOHN LUBBOCK
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it is the case that Mr. Kennedy is now in Paris on a mission connected with the Commercial Treaty with France; and, if so, whether he has instructions to make any representations to the French Government with reference to the Sugar Bounties?
§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
Sir, Mr. Kennedy is at present in Paris engaged in receiving from the French officials explanations as to the changes made in the general tariff. Her Majesty's Government are awaiting the results of Mr. Kennedy's inquiries before coming to a decision as to the formal negotiations for a new Treaty of Commerce with France; and, meanwhile, they consider it advisable to defer the representations which they have determined to make, both with regard to the shipping and sugar bounties.