§ MR. GROTRIAN (Hull, E.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to a statement which appeared in Spanish newspaper, El Uoste, of 22nd June, according to which two British sailors have been confined in prison in Bilbao since January last, upon an allegation of having assaulted the police, but without ever having been brought to any trial; and, whether he will cause inquiries to be made, and, if the statement be found to be correct, take measures to protect these British subjects and ensure that they are brought up for trial in open Court?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON,) Manchester, N.E.
I do not know to what case the hon. Member is referring; but if he can give me some 1579 further particulars I will have it looked into.