HC Deb 11 March 1895 vol 31 c774
SIR G. BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether officers and members of the British Guiana police last winter were attacked by Venezuelan armed forces, seized, and carried into Venezuelan territory from British territory; whether he can state what has happened to these British subjects, and when they were enabled to return to their homes; whether the Venezuelan Government have offered any explanation; and what steps the Government propose to take to arrange the questions in dispute which give rise to such international complications?


Some officers and members of the British police force were seized on the right bank of the river Cuyuni and taken to a Venezuelan station at El Dorado, early in January. They were released on the 20th of January, and all of them have now returned to Demerara. The Government of Venezuela have summoned the General Commissioner on the Cuyuni and the Military Commander to Caracas to give explanations, and have appointed a special commission to investigate the matter. Her Majesty's Government will wait for a reasonable time to hear what is the result of the inquiry instituted by the Government of Venezuela before they determine what reparation should be required.