HC Deb 28 June 1898 vol 60 cc375-6
SIR E. GOURLEY (Sunderland)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in addition to the vessels told off for the protection of British interests in the vicinity of the United States' and Spanish seats of war, he has arranged that naval officers in command of British squadrons on adjoining stations shall, by an undertaking with the United States and Spanish Governments, commission vessels to follow and report in detail the naval operations of the contending squadrons; and whether marines and blue-jackets have been landed at Manila, with the sanction of Admiral Dewey, by Great Britain and other European Powers for the protection of the residents of their several nationalities?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN) St. George's, Hanover Square

The answer to the first Question of the honourable Gentleman is in the negative. In answer to the second Question, no report of such landing as having taken place has been received.