HC Deb 04 July 1904 vol 137 cc445-6
COLONEL DENNY (Kilmarnock Burghs)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to take any action in the case of the steamer "Allanton," confiscated by Russian authorities at Vladivostock.

(Answered by Earl Percy.) His Majesty's Government are in communication on the subject with His Majesty's Ambassador at St. Petersburg, who has asked to be supplied with an official statement of the grounds of condemnation. They understand that the owner of the vessel has taken steps to lodge an appeal, for which a month's time is allowed, to the Supreme Prize Court, which will sit at St. Petersburg, and in these circumstances His Majesty's Government must await the decision of that tribunal before deciding what, if any, representation they can properly address to the Russian Government when the full facts of the case are before them.