§ MR. YERBURGH (Chester)
To ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any, and if so what, steps have been taken by the Government in support of the application of the Pekin Syndicate for the grant of the promised concession of the right to construct the railway from the Syndicate's mines in Honan to the Yangtsze River at Tukon.
(Answered by Lord Cranborne.) His Majesty's Charge d'Affaires at Pekin is in communication with the Agent of the Pekin Syndicate in China, and has made frequent representations to the Chinese Government in support of the Syndicate's application. Prince Ching informed Mr. Townley on the 21st ultimo that telegraphic instructions had been sent to the Director General of Railways to see the Agent of the Syndicate, and to negotiate in a friendly spirit.