§ SIR E. ASHMEAD-BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Tsar has recently abrogated the free constitution of Finland in order to largely increase the Finnish quota of the Russian army?
§ MR. BRODRICK
A manifesto was issued by the Emperor of Russia in February last reserving for his decision the final specification of legislative questions common to the whole empire while leaving in force the existing rules for the publication in Finland of laws of local interest. I can express no opinion as to the object of the manifesto.
§ SIR E. ASHMEAD-BARTLETT
Is the right honourable Gentleman aware that it is proposed to increase the Finnish quota to the Russian army by 500 per cent.?
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