HC Deb 13 November 1884 vol 293 c1582

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any effectual measures have yet been taken to protect British subjects and British commerce in Madagascar, and to obtain reparation for the heavy losses inflicted upon British subjects by the French attack on that island?


I have already on three previous occasions informed the House of the additions made to the Consular Staff in Madagascar with a view to the protection of British subjects and commerce. I hnve also stated, in reply to a similar Question of the hon. Member, that until the conclusion of hostilities it would be premature to enter upon the consideration of claims. If the hon. Member will refer to the Papers recently laid before Parliament (Africa, No. 6, page 39), he will see that the French Government undertake that a Commission shall hereafter be appointed to decide upon demands for compensation arising out of warlike operations in Madagascar.