HC Deb 17 July 1890 vol 347 cc82-3

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury when the Papers relating to Heligoland that were promised on 24th June will be laid upon the Table of the House?


Copies of the Capitulations respecting Heligoland will be laid on the Table and probably distributed on Saturday. We have not at present any other Papers that can be laid before the House.

MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether Her Majesty's Government will be in a position to make, before the Second Reading of the Bill for the Cession of Heligoland, a statement regarding the negotiations which Lord Salisbury has stated to be now pending between this country and France on the subject of Zanzibar?

MR. HANBURY (Preston)

When will the Bill be taken?


Probably on Thursday. I have already answered the question of the hon. Member opposite (Mr. Bryce). The negotiations between the two Governments are proceeding in a perfectly friendly spirit on both sides, and while I cannot now undertake that any statement shall be made with regard to them on the Second Reading of the Bill, Her Majesty's Government will gladly give any information which it may be in their power to afford without detriment to public interests.