HC Deb 06 August 1888 vol 329 cc1688-9
MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he is able to give any further information concerning the expulsion, by the French, of the Rev. John Jones from Mahé, one of the Loyalty Islands; and, whether there are any Papers respecting the case which he will lay upon the Table of the House?


I regret to say that the French Government adhere to the position they have taken up, and there is no hope of their re-admitting Mr. Jones to Mahé. They have the right, if they please, to expel a foreigner. It should be stated that nothing has been proved to the satisfaction of Her Majesty's Government in any way affecting the character of this gentleman, who, they believe, has carried on a Christian and meritorious work. Papers on the subject will be given if the bon. Member chooses to move for them.