HC Deb 28 July 1898 vol 63 cc304-5
DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the late Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Marquis Visconti Venosta, laid the foundation for a permanent occupation at Suda Bay, in Crete; whether, as Russia desires a port in the Mediterranean, the island of Crete is now to be permanently occupied by the Powers; and whether the intention of nominating a governor and forming a provisional administration has been abandoned?


The statement in the first paragraph is without foundation. The answer to the second and third is No.


Then, are we to understand that Russia does not desire a port in the Mediterranean?


Order, order! The Question has been answered.