HC Deb 13 May 1881 vol 261 cc405-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has been directed to M. St. Hilaire's Circular in the French Yellow Book, which has just been published, in which he mentions the Enfida case as one of the motives of the Expedition by the French Army and Navy to Tunis; whether Her Majesty's Government will take steps to prevent the claims of a British subject being endangered by the French occupation of Tunisian territory, and to insure the question being impartially tried by the local courts, in accordance with the decision arrived at by the Law Officers of the Crown; and, when Her Majesty's Government will lay upon the Table the Papers referring to this case, as promised before Easter; and if it will include the Law Officers' Report?


Sir, the Circular of M. Barthélemy St. Hilaire has been received in the French Yellow Book on Tunisian affairs, and contains a reference to the Enfida case. With regard to the second portion of my hon. Friend's Question, I think that I shall do best in asking him to await the publication of the Papers which will be laid on the Table next week, and which will clearly show the attitude of Her Majesty's Government with regard to the Enfida question. My hon. Friend must be aware that the Reports of the Law Officers are confidential documents which are never made public.