§ MR. C. E. SCHWANN (Manchester, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, what meaning Her Majesty's Government place on the word "cotonnades" in the Treaty betwixt Great Britain and France, relating to Tunis? And whether they hold it to mean all classes of cotton goods, or only a few limited classes of those fabrics, while limited application seems to be placed on the term by the Custom House Officers in Tunis, to the great inconvenience and loss of British exporters in many classes of cotton manufactured in Tunis?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES
The word "cotonnades" is translated "cotton goods" in the English text of the Agreement, and Her Majesty's Government interpret it as meaning all classes of such goods.