HC Deb 05 June 1890 vol 345 c63
SIR G. BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether there are any further Papers or Correspondence relating to any relations between Great Britain and France regarding the Newfoundland Fishery Question, which can now be presented in continuation of those last presented? I should also be glad to know whether the Government can give the House any information as to the landing of French Marines on the shores of Newfoundland?


Papers down to the latest date are being brought forward for publication with the utmost possible despatch. I hope they will be in the hands of hon. Members next week. They will contain the Articles of the Treaties bearing on the questions at issue, and will fully inform the House in regard to them. Information has now been received from Newfoundland that no French armed force landed at St. George's Bay, or elsewhere. The commander of a French man-of-war landed at the wharf alone and in uniform, and requested that some of the nets might be removed, and they were lifted accordingly by their owners. The Governor says that no threat was used, and that the request was fully justified. The French have not, in any manner, interfered with fishing. No case has occurred of non-payment of taxes, though a resolution to that effect was passed by a public meeting.