§ MR. P. STANHOPE (Wednesbury)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the action of the Provisional Government of Brazil, in arbitrarily confiscating concessions granted to British Railway Companies in that country; and whether Her Majesty's Government will take steps to point out to the Brazilian Government the serious injury thereby inflicted upon its credit?
§ * SIR J. FERGUSSON
The attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the action of the Provisional Government of Brazil in cancelling two concessions granted to a British Railway Company in that country, on the ground that the company had failed to fulfil the conditions of the contract. The company state in their defence that this failure is due to circumstances beyond their control. Her Majesty's Minister has been instructed to make friendly representations on the subject, as it is believed that the action of the Provisional Government was founded on erroneous information as to the proceedings of the company.