§ LORD EDMOND FITZMAURICE (Wilts, Cricklade)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the German Government have taken any action which alters their position in regard to the administration of affairs in Crete; whether the other Powers still hold themselves jointly responsible for the government of the island; whether measures are in progress for the establishment of Prince George of Greece as Governor of the island; and whether, in February, 1881, Prince Bismarck himself proposed that under certain circumstances Crete should become a portion of the kingdom of Greece, and that Her Majesty's Government gave a favourable answer to that proposal?
The German Government have withdrawn their flag from Crete. Her Majesty's Government have no reason to suppose that the attitude of the other Powers has undergone any change. No measures are at present in progress for the establishment of Prince George of Greece as Governor of the island. The answer to both Questions in the last paragraph is in the affirmative. The correspondence was laid before Parliament in "Greece No. 6, 1881."