HC Deb 16 March 1896 vol 38 c1026
MR. R. A. YERBURGH (Chester)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the increasing dependence of the United Kingdom upon foreign countries for its wheat supplies, the Government will take steps to secure the acceptance as a principle of international law, of the contention advanced by the United States in 1794, that provisions can only be treated as "contraband of war" when destined for a place actually invested or blockaded?


I cannot venture to give an opinion to my hon. Friend upon the expediency of the change in international law which he proposes; but I think, whatever be the view taken on the subject, he will probably agree that it is not an opportune moment at which to raise the question. [Hear, hear!"]