HC Deb 22 April 1884 vol 287 cc286-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the French Government have informed Her Majesty's Ministers, with regard to the transportation of French convicts to the Pacific, that the transport of criminals to New Caledonia, or any other French Colony, is a matter of internal policy with which no Foreign Power has any concern, and to which International Law cannot apply in any way; and, what steps Her Majesty's Ministers propose to take to carry out the wishes of the Australian Colonies with regard to New Guinea?


As I informed the hon. Member yesterday, no such communication has been received from the French Government. With regard to his second Question, I must refer him to my hon. Friend the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies.