MR. GIBSON BOWLES
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether the amount of compensation to be paid by the Russian Government to the owners of British sealing vessels unlawfully seined by Russian cruisers in the Behring Sea, in 1892, has yet been settled and paid; and, if so, what is the amount in each case; if not, whether he can say when a settlement of this matter is likely to be arrived at?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
The claims in question, have not yet been settled. Much time has necessarily been occupied in collecting and examining the evidence and in preparing the statements of claim, but the 203 matter is in a forward state, and it is hoped shortly to present the claims to the Russian Government.