§ MR. J. STEWART
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he will inform the House what steps are being taken to remove the difficulties which prevent the conclusion of a Commercial Treaty with Spain, and what prospect there is of a satisfactory arrangement being speedily arrived at?
§ LORD EDMOND FITZMAURICE
In consequence of the dissolution of the Spanish Cortes last Spring the Protocol of the 1st of December, 1883, has not yet been discussed in the Spanish Legislature. Her Majesty's Representative at Madrid has urged the Spanish Government to seek without unnecessary delay to obtain the assent of the Cortes to the arrangement recorded in that Protocol, and will continue to press the adoption of this course.