HC Deb 14 December 1900 vol 88 c844
MR. PIKE PEASE (Darlington)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the murderer of Mr. James Lyall, Vice Consul at Ciudad Bolivar, has been tried; and, if so, with what result; and whether Her Majesty's Government will consider the question of compensating Mr. Lyall's family.


According to the latest accounts received from Caracas in the course of the present month the trial of Mr. Lyall's murderer was still proceeding. Her Majesty's Chargé d' Affaires, in accordance with his instructions, has not failed to impress continually upon the Venezuelan Government the interest with which this case is watched by Her Majesty's Government, and the attention which it has attracted in this country. Further steps in this matter are at present under consideration, the question of compensation to Mr. Lyall's family cannot be considered until the trial is concluded.