HC Deb 03 August 1882 vol 273 cc581-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to a Memorandum recently issued by the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, showing that some two hundred negroes are now held in slavery in Brazil by the St. John del Rey Mining Company, an English Company working under English Law, and the head office of which is in London; and, whether, if the facts be as stated by the Society, the directors of the Company in question being Bri- tish subjects are not liable to criminal prosecution under the Slave Trade Act of 1873?


I observe that this Question is substantially the same as was asked of the Attorney General by my hon. Friend the Member for South Durham (Sir Joseph Pease); and as it is a legal Question I shall refer the hon. Gentleman to the Answer of the Attorney General.