§ MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland))
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any, and what, progress has been made towards a settlement of the disputes existing between this country and that of the United States and Dominion of Canada, relative to the Behring Sea Fisheries; and whether the Commissioners have yet made a Report; if so, will the Government place the same upon the Table of the House?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir E. GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
The Tribunal of Arbitration appointed under the Treaty of Washington of February 29, 1892, for the settlement of the questions in connection with the Seal Fisheries in Behring Sea, will meet in Paris on the 23rd inst. A Report has been drawn tip and submitted to Her Majesty's Government by the British Commissioners nominated under Article IX. of the Treaty; but as there is an engagement that the proceedings in the Arbitration should for the present he considered as confidential, the Report cannot be laid before the House at this stage.