HC Deb 31 July 1900 vol 87 c169
SIR E. ASHMEAD-BAKTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the representations which Her Majesty's Ambassador was directed to make to the Turkish Government in favour of British manufacturers who have made lower and better tenders for the armament of the Turkish warships than their German rivals have borne fruit, and whether such orders have been given to British firms.


Her Majesty's Government have received no definite information as to who will receive the order for the re-armament of certain Turkish ships. They are aware that a British firm has made an advantageous tender, and representations were made to the Sultan by Her Majesty's Ambassador in the middle of June last urging that offers by British firms should receive fair consideration.


Have these representations been repeated in view of the fact that great political pressure is being brought to bear on behalf of the German firms?