HC Deb 04 April 1898 vol 56 c37
MR. F. W. LOWE (Birmingham, Edgbaston)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government is yet in a position to state the result of its inquiries into the question of the importation of arms into Persia; or, if not, whether, at a later date, further information will be given on the subject?


A full report on the Question is on its way from, Her Majesty's Consul General at Bushire; and upon its receipt I shall hope to be in a position to convey to hon. Members who are interested in the matter the further information that they desire.


Arising out of that reply, may I be allowed to ask whether, for the satisfaction of British gun manufacturers whose trade with Persia has been stopped, the right hon. Gentleman will be able to lay on the Table of the House Papers showing the reasons for the action which the Government thought it necessary to take in this matter?


I am afraid I can give no pledge at this moment, as, obviously, it is impossible for me to promise to lay before the House Papers I have not yet seen or read. I hope, however, to have an opportunity of explaining to hon. Members who are interested in the matter the reasons for the action of the Government.