§ MR. CREMER (Shoreditch, Haggerston)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he can state if the French Government, or any other Government represented at the Berlin Conference, has divided its Representatives into two classes, Plenipotentiaries and Delegates; why Her Majesty's Government has made such a distinction; and whether the Plenipotentiaries and Delegates possess equal power and authority at the Conference, and will be treated as equals in regard to their expenses?
§ * MR. W. H. SMITH
It will be seen from the official list of the members of the Labour Conference that the French and Italian Governments have divided their Representatives into two classes. They are styled délégués and délégués adjoints respectively. It would seem that the Plenipotentiaries and expert Delegates will not possess equal power and authority at the Conference. The expert Delegates attend to furnish information from their special knowledge. Both the Plenipotentiaries and the Delegates will be reimbursed for their necessary outlay.