HC Deb 26 April 1898 vol 56 cc1210-1
MR. J. F. HOGAN (Tipperary, Mid)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether he can state the limitations imposed by precedent and diplomatic usage on the activities of an ex-Ambassador of a belligerent Power, who has taken up temporary residence in a British Colony; (2) whether the late Spanish Minister at Washington, now resident in Toronto, Canada, is at liberty to utilise the latter city as a base for supplying Spain with information; and (3) whether there is any foundation for the suggestion that the late Spanish Minister at Washington was accredited to the whole of America north of the Equator, and had therefore a definite status in the Dominion of Canada?


The late Spanish Minister at Washington, now resident at Toronto, is in precisely the same position as any other foreigner residing in a private capacity in Her Majesty's dominions, and has no limitations placed upon him other than the necessity of observing the provisions of the Foreign Enlistment Act. There is no foundation, so far as Her Majesty's Government are aware, for the suggestion contained in the last paragraph of the Question.