asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any steps have been taken by Her Majesty's Government to obtain compensation for the three British engineers who were forcibly carried off from the British port of Singapore, with the connivance of the Spanish Consular and Naval authorities, in the steamship "Leon XIII.; "and, whether he is yet in a position to lay the Correspondence on the subject before Parliament?
§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
The Correspondence is not closed, and the Papers cannot, therefore, conveniently be laid before Parliament at present. The question whether any compensation can be claimed has been referred to the Law Officers of the Crown.