HC Deb 19 February 1903 vol 118 cc283-4

On behalf of the hon. Member for Hythe, I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the proposals formulated by the Mexican and Chinese Governments to President Roosevelt respecting the fixing of a ratio between the Maxican dollar and gold; whether His Majesty's Government have made any recommendations to China in connection with endowing that country with a national currency coin, in pursuance of one of the provisions of the recent Anglo-Chinese agreement; and whether he would lay upon the Table any correspondence of an international character bearing on these subjects.

The following Question also appeared on the Paper on the subject:—

MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether it is the intention of the Government to accede to President Roosevelt's suggestion that an International Con- ference should be held to discuss the advisability of arranging the currency difficulties existing between gold standard and silver-using countries, and if possible to fix a stable ratio of Value and exchange.


I will reply to both Questions together My attention has been drawn to the proposals in question, but His Majesty's Government have not vet received any invitation to take part in a conference on the subject. His Majesty's Government have not so far made any recommendations such as are indicated in the second paragraph of the Question. We have not taken part in any international correspondence on the question.