HC Deb 02 May 1889 vol 335 cc991-2

asked the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether his attention had been called to a communication from the Vienna correspondent of the Standard stating that the absence of the British Ambassador from Paris was on all fours with the attitude of the Austrian Government, and that the French Government sought to distinguish between the commemoration of the Revolution of May 5th and the opening of the Exhibition on the 6th; whether any similar representation as to the distinction between the political and business ceremonial had been addressed to the Government; and whether the absence of the British Ambassador was the result of an understanding with the other Continental Powers.


No, Sir; no such representation has been made to Her Majesty's Government. No invitation has been addressed to the British Ambassador, and there has been no concert between Her Majesty's Government and any other Government on the subject.