HC Deb 21 February 1887 vol 311 cc168-9
MR. W. H. JAMES (Gateshead)

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether Her Majesty's Government have received any information concerning the recent disturbances in the Island of Tonga; whether the honourable Shirley Baker, upon whom the attack was made, was formerly a Wesleyan missionary, and has since organized a government in Tonga, of which he is the chief member; and, whether Mr. Shirley Baker is a British subject; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will direct the High Commissioner in the Pacific to institute an inquiry into his conduct and proceedings?


The last information received on the question is contained in a telegram from Admiral Tryon of the 11th instant, stating that there had been disturbances in Tongatabu last month; but that by the last accounts they had subsided, and the King's orders were being obeyed. Mr. Shirley Baker, to whom reference is made, was formerly a Wesleyan missionary. He is, I believe, styled the Premier, and controls the government of the islands. He is a British subject; and Her Majesty's Government will consider, as soon as they have full and authentic information respecting the recent transactions, whether the High Commissioner should be instructed to take any action.