HC Deb 01 June 1888 vol 326 cc878-9
MR. KING (Hull, Central)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Government are prepared to lay upon the Table of the House a copy of the Instructions given to Mr. M'Turk with reference to his despatch to the Yurnari Territory; and, whether the Government are now prepared to state what course they propose to take in consequence of the illegal arrest of, and subsequent treatment received by, Mr. M'Turk, while acting as a Colonial Representative in territory claimed by Her Majesty's Government as forming part of the Colony of British Guiana by the Royal Proclamation, dated December 31, 1887?


Her Majesty's Government are not prepared at present to give any further Papers. In the present state of relations between Venezuela and this country, I am not prepared to state what action, if any, may be taken by Her Majesty's Government in consequence of the temporary detention of Mr. M'Turk at Guacipati, and the refusal of the officer of the Venezuelan Government, who assumes to exercise authority in that part of the disputed territory, to permit him to leave the territory by the way by which he entered it.