HC Deb 30 March 1885 vol 296 cc995-6

gave Notice that he would ask, If the Government would lay on the Library Table any Correspondence with the French Government on the subject of rice being contraband of war, and whether it was a fact that the French Government had claimed to treat as contraband of war the food of the people, irrespective of the fact whether or not that food was immediately intended for the support of warlike forces; and whether any Papers would be laid on the Table on the subject?


I will reply to the right hon. Gentleman at once. Two answers have already been given to Questions of this kind—first by myself, in reply to the hon. Member for Bedford (Mr. Magniac), and next by the Prime Minister, in reply to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bradford (Mr. W. E. Forster), and which practically cover this Question. I shall obtain a copy of the French Yellow Book and place it in the Library. Papers on the subject are being prepared.