§ MR. HOGAN
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the result of the consultation with the Law Officers of the Crown with respect to the complaints of certain British subjects in Honolulu, who were arbitrarily arrested and harshly imprisoned at the instance of the authorities of the Republic of Hawaii for alleged complicity in an attempted restoration of the deposed Queen?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
The Report of the late Law Officers was received, and instructions founded upon it were sent to the British Commissioner at Honolulu. It was subsequently ascertained, however, that some of the complainants had lost their right to British protection through having become naturalised in the Sandwich Islands. As regards the remainder, the Commissioner has been instructed to obtain and to forward fuller information than is at present available about the status of the applicants, and the illegality of procedure, undue severity of sentence, or hardship of treatment from which they are alleged to have suffered.