§ MR. CHARLES MCARTHUR (Liverpool, Exchange)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state what measures have been taken by Her Majesty's Government for the protection of British life and property in the Philippine Islands, and especially at Iloilo, where, according to the latest advices, apprehensions were entertained by those concerned in the British mercantile establishments located there, owing to the progress of the insurrection, and the absence of any force for the defence of that place?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (for Mr. CURZON)
Her Majesty's ship Immortalité is already at the Philippine Islands, and, in consequence of representations made to me by several honourable Members on behalf of the mercantile community with regard to the possibility of danger at Iloilo, instructions were sent on Saturday to send H.M.S. Pique from Hong-kong to that place.