HC Deb 01 May 1884 vol 287 c1033

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether a Copy has ever been presented to Parliament of that "Draft Treaty for the development of commerce and suppression of the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa," which is stated by Lord Granville in his Despatch of January 23rd, 1883 (Africa, No. 2, C. 3885, pp. 9 and 10), to have "formed the subject of negotiation between the two Governments (of Portugal and the United Kingdom) between 1878 and 1881;" and, if so, whether he will kindly give the House a reference to the volume in which such Copy can be found; and, if not, whether he will now lay a Copy upon the Table of this House?


The draft of the Treaty for which negotiations were initiated by the late Government and subsequently suspended, was not presented to Parliament, as it is contrary to the usual practice to do so. I may, however, add that the Articles referred to in the despatch which the hon. Member quotes are given at full length in a foot-note for the information of the House.