§ MR. JOHN MORLEY (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
I beg, Sir, to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the Government have any information as to the statements made in the public prints to-day, or at least in one of them, to the effect that a certain place on the East Coast of Africa has been utterly ruined and destroyed, which two months ago was the most prosperous town on the East Coast; and, whether the further statement, that the only persons who have suffered by these operations so far are the Sultan of Zanzibar and the British Indians?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)
Information has reached Her Majesty's Government as to the occurrences to which the right hon. Gentleman refers, but it is of the most sparse character; and I think that, on the whole, it would be desirable and satisfactory that the right hon. Gentleman should repeat his Question to-morrow.