HC Deb 08 January 1894 vol 20 c1028
MR. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has yet had a reply to the Despatch sent by him to the English Minister at Washington, inquiring whether the American Government were anxious to approach our Government with a view to acting conjointly for the destruction of floating derelicts, now in great numbers in the Atlantic, a constant source of great danger to the lives of so many thousands of people sailing between here and America and our Colonies; if not, how soon does he expect a reply; and will he communicate that reply to the House as soon as he gets it?


No reply has yet been received at the Foreign Office to the inquiry made by the Secretary of State through our Ambassador at Washington.


Would it not save a good deal of time to telegraph?


I have to make the inquiries through the Foreign Office, and I have no doubt that Her Majesty's Minister at Washington is taking the necessary steps.

MR. WOLFF (Belfast, E.)

Has the Government finally made up its mind to do nothing whatever in this direction?


No, Sir.