HC Deb 07 February 1881 vol 258 c253

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the Government have any knowledge that four Circassian slaves, three women and a boy, were, in the summer of last year, purchased in Cairo for the Sultan of Morocco, and conveyed from Alexandria to Tangiers in a steamer belonging to the Peninsular and Oriental Company; whether the British authorities took any steps to prevent this violation of the arrangements as to the slave trade made with the Egyptian Government; and, if no information has been received from Her Majesty's Agent and Consul General in Egypt, whether inquiry can be made?


In consequence of a report which had reached him, Mr. Malet made inquiries of the Governor of Alexandria in the month of April last, who promised that steps should be taken to prevent the embarkation of any slaves for Morocco. Mr. Malet has been assured by the Governor of Alexandria that no slaves were sent. But Her Majesty's Government will make further inquiries, and will be glad to receive any information which my hon. Friend may possess.