MR. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbighshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Parliamentary Paper (Turkey, No. 8, 1896), presented to the House on August 10th 1896, has not 179 yet been issued; whether, in view of the present importance of all correspondence relating to the Asiatic Provinces, he can state the reason for this delay; and whether he can give the House an assurance that this Paper will be in the hands of Members at an early date?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. G. CURZON, Lancashire, Southport)
The delay has been occasioned by the necessity of referring the Reports, which are very bulky, to the writers for revision before publication, and by the large amount of other papers under preparation. It is hoped that the book will be in the hands of hon. Members on Friday.