HC Deb 14 July 1881 vol 263 cc850-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If it is true, as stated in the "Standard" of Wednesday, July 13, that communications have been going on for some time between the Governments of England and Spain, which will probably result in the conclusion of a satisfactory Treaty of Commerce between the two Countries; and, if so, if he will give the House some information as to the provisions of such Treaty.


Sir, communications have for some time past been taking place between the two Governments with the view to the conclusion of a Commercial Treaty between England and Spain. Formal negotiations, however, have not yet been commenced, as an understanding has not yet been arrived at with respect to the bases of the negotiations.