HC Deb 30 May 1895 vol 34 cc652-3

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the letters by Mr. Bennett Burleigh from Madagascar which have lately appeared in The Daily Telegraph, and especially to the appeal addressed by the Queen of Madagascar to Great Britain; and whether Her Majesty's Government will offer their good offices in order if possible to stop the war, and to save this Christian and progressive people from the ruin of a military invasion?


I have not had time since the hon. Member's question appeared on the Paper to refer to the letters in The Daily Telegraph, nor has any appeal been received in the Foreign Office from the Queen of Madagascar. Her Majesty's Government would view with the greatest satisfaction a peaceful settlement of the differences between the French Government and the Hovas, but there is no prospect that the method suggested in the question would contribute to that result.