HC Deb 27 July 1893 vol 15 cc636-7
SIR C. DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an English steamer, subsidised as a mail steamer both by the Canadian and by the Newfoundland Governments, and running from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, lately brought down 400 boxes containing cans for packing lobsters consigned to a firm nominally French: whether these were landed on the Newfoundland Government public wharf at St. George's Bay: whether the consignees refused to pay duty or to acknowledge the Colonial Custom House: whether, after due notice, the Customs seized and condemned the shipment for non-payment of duty: whether the French Admiral protested, and, sailing for St. John's, addressed the Governor in a Despatch asking for payment for the lobster cans seized and refund of duties paid by French residents on other goods imported by the same steamer: and whether Her Majesty's Government are in correspondence with the French Government in support of the action taken by the Colony?


The facts appear to be correctly stated in the first five paragraphs of the question. With regard to the last paragraph, a protest has been received from the French Charge d'Affaires, and the matter is under the consideration of Her Majesty's Government.