HC Deb 23 October 1899 vol 77 c489
MR. BILL (Staffordshire, Leek)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, referring to the statement made in this House by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on June 9 last, that a favourable consideration might be given to the Waima claims by the French Government, he can state what progress has been made since that date towards a satisfactory settlement.


The French Government have accepted arbitration and admitted the principle of an indemnity to the British sufferers, if Waima is proved to be in British territory—of which Her Majesty's Government will be able to furnish clear proof. The French Government have been informed that Her Majesty's Government are ready to discuss the best methods of giving effect to the views of the two Governments in regard to a reference to arbitration.