HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 cc421-2

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, in view of the danger to British interests which would be caused by France obtaining a similar position at Tangier to that which she occupies at Tunis, he will now state what instructions, if any, have been forwarded to Her Majesty's Representative at Tangier as to the recent action of the French Government with regard to the Sherif of Wazan; and, whether the Papers on the subject will be laid upon the Table of the House?


I beg to refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Glasgow (Mr. Anderson) on Friday last, when I stated that the assurances received from the French Government that they have no designs upon Morocco, and repudiate all idea of establishing a Protectorate, or of promoting troubles in the country, have been communicated to Her Majesty's Minister at Tangier, and through him to the Moorish Government. Her Majesty's Government do not consider it advisable to present any Papers at present.