§ MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any, and what, solution has been arrived at regarding the differences between the British, French, and Newfoundland Governments relative to the taking of lobsters on certain parts of the Newfoundland coasts; whether the modus vivendi agreed to is still in operation, and, if not, is it to be renewed; and will he place all Papers appertaining to the dispute upon the Table of the House?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. S. BUXTON,) Tower Hamlets, Poplar
Her Majesty's Government have agreed with the French Government to refer the differences in question to arbitration. The modus vivendi expired at the end of last year. No arrangement has yet been come to for its renewal, and Her Majesty's Government are not able as yet to make any announcement on the subject. Full information as to the dispute will be found in the Papers laid on the Table in 1890, and since then the latest information on the position of the question is contained in those presented at the close of last Session.