§ MR. WHITLEY (Halifax)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to the conviction, on 18th June, of the Birmingham Safe Company, on a charge of exporting percussion caps to Persia concealed in safes; and if he will appoint a departmental committee to inquire into the extent of the trade in firearms with native races in the East, and to consider if additional powers are required for the control of this trade.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Lord CRANBORNE,) Rochester
The subject has for some years past occupied the attention of the Foreign Office and India Office who have been in constant communication with regard to it. The suggestion contained in the latter part of the hon. Member's Question shall be considered.