HC Deb 05 April 1887 vol 313 cc491-2
MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he can inform the House of the nature of the modus vivendi submitted by the Dominion Government for the settlement of the Anglo-American Fisheries Disputes, and also the tenour of the reply of Her Majesty's Government; and, further, to inquire whether the Canadian proposals have been transmitted to the United States Government; and, if so, will he be good enough to state the nature of the despatch accompanying them?


As I lately informed the House, I am about to lay upon the Table the despatch addressed by Her Majesty's Government to the Government of the United States, and containing proposals for the settlement of the differences in regard to the Canadian Fisheries. It will be accompanied by Papers fully explanatory. I do not think that it would be in any way advantageous to anticipate those Papers by a statement of their nature, which might lead to misapprehension. The proposals are made to the United States by Her Majesty's Government; but they are in harmony with the views of the Government of Canada.