§ SIR WILFRID LAWSON(for Mr. P. STANHOPE,) Wednesbury
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Foreign Office have requested and received from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, as promised in answer to a question put in this House on 9th April of last year, a Report showing the effect of the McKinley Tariff Act upon the wages, employment, and cost of the necessaries of life of the working classes in the United States of America?
*THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. J. W. LOWTHER,) Cumberland, Penrith
Her Majesty's Minister at Washington informed us last year that the Commissioner of Labour, Mr. Wright, a gentleman of high reputation for fairness and intelligence, had been directed by the Senate to report,On the effect of the tariff laws of the United States upon imports and exports, the growth, development, production, and prices of agricultural and manufactured articles, and upon wages, domestic and foreign.Under these circumstances it was not thought necessary to call upon Sir J. Pauncefote for another Report. Mr. Wright's Report was only presented to the Senate yesterday, but as soon as it is received here a copy of it will be placed in the Library.