§ MR. WILLIAM M'ARTHUR (Cornwall, Mid, St. Austell)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government is now taking action in view of the proposed Conference of representatives of European Powers concerning the position of Foreign residents in Morocco, and with special reference to the abuses incident to the present protegé system; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will give favourable consideration to the proposal for the establishment of duly constituted Consular Courts in Morocco, which shall check the abuses alleged to b9 frequent in the country by Natives and others, who are at present enabled to use their "protection" by European Powers for their personal advantage?
§ * SIR J. FERGUSSON
There is no present prospect of an International Conference concerning affairs in Morocco. I am afraid, therefore, that there will not be any early opportunity of placing the Consular Courts on a better footing.