§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the report is true that Her Majesty's ships the Dolphin and Albatross lately made an important capture of slaves and slave dhows near Suakin; whether it is a fact that 200 out of 300 slaves which had started from the interior perished on the land passage; whether the captured dhows were furnished with, free papers from the Government; and, whether any real steps will be taken to repress the Slave Trade in the vicinity of Suakin?
§ THE UNDEE SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N.E.)
The information referred to in the Question of the hon. Member appears to have been received by telegraph. No Report of this capture, or of the circumstances connected with it, has yet been received by the Foreign Office or Admiralty. Every effort is being made to repress the Slave Trade in the vicinity of Suakin, and along the coasts of the Red Sea; and if the capture mentioned in the Question has taken place, it would afford evidence that some success is attending these efforts.