MR. JOSEPH COWEN
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it is true that the French Minister resident at Tunis has, during eighteen months, arbitrarily prevented the construction of a Railway by an English Company, carrying on business in the Regency of Tunis, in conformity with the terms of a concession; and, whether the French Minister now 1351 offers to allow such construction, provided the said Company withdraws its claim for damages?
§ LORD EDMOND FITZMAURICE
The incident to which the hon. Member refers arises out of a question in dispute between "the Franco-English Esparto Fibre Supply Company "and the French authorities in Tunis as to the meaning of the provision of the Company's concession relating to the construction of a railway. The French Minister in Tunis has offered to abandon his opposition to the proposed railway on condition that all claims for damages will be withdrawn; but the offer has been declined. Her Majesty's Government is in communication with the French Government on the case.