HC Deb 25 April 1899 vol 70 cc527-8
MR. ASCROFT (Oldham)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any satisfactory arrangements have been made by Her Majesty's Government with the Government of Japan respecting the incarceration of British subjects in Japanese prisons; and whether any concessions have been obtained from the Japanese Government relating to the disabilities and other matters of grave importance affecting the lives and liberties of British subjects resident in Japan, referred to in their memorial presented to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs?


Assurances have been given by the Japanese Government that measures will be taken to provide foreign prisoners with food and accommodation in accordance with their manner of living. It is not possible to make a full reply to the second Question within the limits of an answer to a Question, but I may say that assurances have been received regarding reforms in the press law and restrictions on foreigners generally, and that there is no reason to fear that British subjects will not be fairly treated when the new treaties come into operation.