HC Deb 04 August 1890 vol 347 cc1742-3
SIR GEORGE CAMPBELL) (Kirkcaldy, &c.

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if Her Majesty's Government have yet received any information regarding what is going on in Newfoundland; whether the measures taken by Captain Baldwin Walker, R.N., under the instructions of Her Majesty's Government, to enforce the modus vivendi by closing Mr. Baird's lobster factory and otherwise, are still being carried out; and whether, under pressure of legal process in the Newfoundland Courts, they have been suspended?


Her Majesty's Government are informed from time to time by the Governor of Newfoundland of what is going on in that colony. The Reports received from him show that most of the rumours which have been published in the newspapers are gross exaggerations, and that the difficulties which have occurred in connection with the fishery this season have not been of a serious nature. The measures taken by Sir Baldwin Walker to enforce the modus vivendi will, where necessary, continue to be carried out; as a matter of fact, only two factories have been closed out of all those in operation on the coast. The instructions under which that officer has acted have not been suspended.


Has the embargo regarding Mr. Baird's factory been removed, and has this been done on pressure of legal process in the Newfoundland Courts?


I will make inquiry.