HC Deb 04 March 1881 vol 259 cc332-3

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he is now in a position to lay upon the Table of the House, a report from Sir Edward Thornton with respect to any measures which have been recently proposed in the Congress of the United States, with the view of providing bounties for American merchant shipping; whether he will obtain a report for the information of Parliament from Her Majesty's Ambassador at Rome, as to any similar proposals with respect to Italian shipping which have recently been made to the Legislature of Italy; and, whether he will lay upon the Table of the House, any communications upon this subject which have been addressed by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Her Majesty's Representatives at Rome and Washington?


Sir, the Report from Sir Edward Thornton has been to-day laid upon the Table, and Sir Augustus Paget has been requested to forward a similar Report on any proposals that may have been submitted to the Italian Legislature. There have been no other communications between Her Majesty's Government and Her Majesty's Representatives at the place in question.