§ MR. MACLEAN (Cardiff)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether an application has been made, and acceded to by Her Majesty's Government, for the establishment of a Russian Consulate General at Bombay;See The Parliamentary Debates [Fourth Series], Vol. lxxv., p. 573.375 and whether it is proposed to appoint. British Consuls at the principal places in the Caucasus and the Trans-Caspian dominions of Russia.
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
In view of an assurance given by Her Majesty's Ambassador at St. Petersburg in 1876, Her Majesty's Government in August last expressed their readiness to accede to an application from the Russian Government for the establishment of a Russian Consulate at Bombay. Her Majesty's Government stated at the same time that they understood that the Russian Government would be ready to agree to the appointment of a British Consul at Tiflis, should it at any time be found desirable to make such an appointment. No appointment of a Consul at Bombay has yet been notified by the Russian Government, but if such a Consulate is established it will be open to Her Majesty's Government to claim the right of appointing a Consul at Tiflis.