§ MR. FLYNN (Cork County, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the attention of the Government has been directed to the communications between the Russian and the Austro - Hungarian Governments and the Government of the Porte with respect to the introduction of reforms into European Turkey; and, whether His Majesty's Government intend to co-operate with the two Powers above-mentioned in the action they are now taking.
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Lord CRANBORNE, Rochester)
His Majesty's Government are fully alive to the expediency of reform in the administration of the European provinces of the Ottoman Empire, and will take any favourable opportunity of supporting representations made by other Powers to the Sublime Porte on the subject. Their information with regard to any action of the Powers to which the hon. Gentleman refers is confidential.