HC Deb 13 August 1896 vol 44 c749

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of Stale for Foreign. Affairs whether a British ship carrying munition of war to the port of Zeila, and passing through the Red Sea, is subject to capture by Italian cruisers?


If the hon. Member is alluding to the capture of the Doelwyk in the Red Sea by an Italian cruiser, I have to inform him that the Doelwyk is not a British vessel, and was not carrying munitions of war to Zeila. If, however, he is raising a hypothetical case, it is one to which I cannot, at such short notice, reply. It would depend largely upon the final destination to which the cargo was consigned.

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