HC Deb 07 May 1886 vol 305 c529

I wish to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether he can give the House any information as to the reply which has been sent by the Greek Government to the last communication addressed to that Government by the Powers, and as to any steps which may have been taken, or which may be contemplated, in order to secure the object which the Powers have in view?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. E. GLADSTONE) (Edinburgh, Mid Lothian)

The information which I can give the House to-day is very partial information; but I will give it as far as it goes. The reply of the Greek Government has been received, and it is an unsatisfactory reply. It makes no addition, or only a verbal addition, if any; but I believe in substance no addition to what have already been called inadequate and unsatisfactory assurances. That being the case, our intelligence is, as I have said, not complete; but I am in possession of intelligence that the British Minister has quitted Athens, and that so likewise have the Ministers of Germany, Austria, and Italy. Further information will probably arrive very shortly.