HC Deb 09 March 1891 vol 351 c483

I bog to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has any advices from Sir William White respecting new regulations made at Constantinople, under which it is sought to take away the liberty of employing his own men, in discharging and loading, from the agent or captain of British steamers now in that port; and whether it is intended to protest against such changes, involving, as they do, extra expense?


By a despatch received to-day from Her Majesty's Ambassador, it appears that there had been some attempt to restrict the unloading of cargoes to the members of an Evnaf or Union. As a monopoly in favour of a Corporation would be contrary to Treaty, Sir William White communicated with the Government, and the ships were discharged as usual.