HC Deb 09 August 1898 vol 64 cc647-8
MR. LAMBERT (Devon, South Molton)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the final ratification by the Chinese Government of an advance of British money for the projected railway to Niu-chwang has been given; if not, whether, consistently with the public interest, he can state what are the objections to its being ratified?


I am unable to make any statement on this subject, which is still under discussion.


This matter has been in hand two months. Will he be able to make a statement before Parliament prorogues?


No, Sir; I think it is unlikely, although I shall be glad to do so if possible.