HC Deb 17 February 1887 vol 310 c1775
COLONEL HILL (Bristol, S.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in view of the vast importance to this Country and the Colonies of the question of bounties upon sugar, Her Majesty's Government will not seriously consider the desirability of approaching the Governments of the Foreign Countries affected, by means of representatives from the Foreign Office and the Board of Trade, as was done in the case of the Fisheries Convention, and in other similar instances?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

A Question on this subject was addressed to the Secretary to the Board of Trade on the 15th instant, when it was stated that the Government had approached certain Governments on the question, some of whom had replied not unfavourably on the subject. The proceedings have not arrived at a stage at which Papers could be produced; but when they have they will be laid on the Table.