HC Deb 22 July 1887 vol 317 cc1766-7
MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government have received any information, in addition to that which has appeared in the public journals, regarding the recent movement of a revolutionary character in the Hawaiian Islands; and, whether any of Her Majesty's Ships have been, or are to be, despatched to Honolulu with a view to the protection of British subjects in the event of any disturbance arising there?


Her Majesty's Commissioner at Honolulu has reported, by telegraph, that a popular demand was made on the 30th of June, under considerable excitement, for a change of Ministry and an alteration of the Constitution. The King consulted the Representatives of Great Britain, the United States, France, and Portugal, and, under their advice, granted what was asked. Order was maintained, and a new Administration formed; the late Minister is under arrest charged with embezzling public property. In anticipation of disorder, Her Majesty's Commissioner requested the Admiral on the Pacific station to furnish naval protection to British life and property, and two ships were to be immediately at Honolulu. An American man-of-war was there.