HC Deb 04 February 1904 vol 129 c345

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the native customs at Niu-chwang, which under the protocol to which Russia was a signatory are to be administered by the Maritime Customs, have been removed by Admiral Alexieff from the control of Sir Robert Hart by the dismissal of the Russian in charge who was appointed by Sir Robert Hart, and the appointment instead of a Russian Government official from Dalny; and, if so, what steps His Majesty's Government are taking with a view of securing the due observance of the provisions of the protocol.


We have heard that the Russians have removed the member of the Maritime Customs staff from the administration of the native customs at Niu-chwang and replaced him by a nominee of their own. Representations have been made to the Russian Government.