HC Deb 25 March 1898 vol 55 c926

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any British warships have visited Kiaou Chau since its occupation by Germany?


In the absence of my right hon. Friend, who is suffering from a severe cold, I must ask the hon. Gentleman to defer his question, which I am not in a position to answer at the present moment.

SIR E. ASHMEAD-BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)

I wish to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether he can, consistently with the public interest, answer the following Question: Whether it is the fact, as reported by the Times correspondent at Pekin, that the Chinese Government have accepted the Russian demands, which include the lease of Port Arthur as a fortified naval base, the lease of Talienwan as an open port, and terminus of the Trans-Manchurian Railway, with the right to make a railway from Petuna to Talienwan and Port Arthur?


We have had no confirmation of the rumours referred to by the hon. Gentleman.