HC Deb 06 July 1883 vol 281 cc611-2

In consequence of a reply that was made to a Question of mine yesterday, I beg to give Notice that I will, on the earliest opportunity, move the following Resolution:— That in view of the unanimous desire of Her Majesty's Australian Colonies for the establishment of a British Protectorate over New Guinea and the adjacent Islands, and the im- portance of Preventing any Foreign Power taking possession of these Islands, this House prays Her Majesty's Government to establish a Protectorate over them.


In that case I give Notice that I shall ask whether the French have not just as much right to take possession of the New Hebrides as the English had to take possession of New Guinea?


That is a matter of opinion which I could not answer.