MR. GIBSON BOWLES
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury are His Majesty's Government aware that the Spanish Government is mobilising its forces and has ordered reinforcements of troops to the Balearic Isles, to Ceuta, to Tarifa, and to Algeciras; are His Majesty's Government in posession of any information which enables them to explain this action of the Spanish Government; and can they give this House an assurance that the relations between this 1007 country and Spain continue to be of a cordial and friendly character.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
There appears to be no truth in the rumour that the Spanish Government are mobilising their forces, though I believe they are adding to the strength of some of their garrisons. I am glad to say that the relations between this country and Spain are, and are likely to remain, of the most friendly character.