§ MR. MICHAEL DAVITT (Mayo, S.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he will explain the present stage of the negotiations between Her Majesty's Government and the Republic of Venezuela in relation to boundary disputes in that country; whether the Venezuelan Government has repeatedly offered to submit the whole matter in dispute to arbitration; and, if so, why these offers have not been accepted by Her Majesty's Government; and, whether Papers relating to these proposals for arbitration will soon be laid before Parliament?
No recent communications or negotiations have passed with the Venezuelan Government in regard to the boundary dispute. The offers of the Venezuelan Government to submit the matter in dispute to arbitration have all been laid before Parliament in the Blue-book, Venezuela No. 1, of this year.