HC Deb 17 August 1894 vol 28 cc1379-80
MR. HOZIER (Lanarkshire, S.)

In the absence of the hon. Member for the Central Division of Sheffield, I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what success has attended the official visit of Mr. Andley Gosling, Her Majesty's Minister in Guatemala, to Nicaragua, Honduras, Salvador, and Costa Rica; if Her Majesty's Consul at Managua has now been received; if Mr. Gosling obtained any information on hardware samples useful to British trade in the Republics to which he is accredited, and what has been done with these articles; and if Mr. Gosling has used his influence with the Guatemalan President to prevent the repudiation of the debt of his Government to England?


Owing to Mr. Gosling's long detention at Managua on matters connected with the question that had arisen in the Mosquito Reservation, the rainy season arrived before he could visit the other Republics to which he is accredited. Her Majesty's Government are not aware that any difficulty has arisen with regard to the reception of the Consular Officer at Managua. Samples of hardware and other goods have been received from Mr. Gosling, and were sent, on the 9th of May last, to the Associated Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Gosling, having standing instructions to protect British interests, will doubtless continue to use his best efforts unofficially on the subject of the debt.