HC Deb 14 July 1904 vol 138 c26
MR. BROTHERTON (Wakefield)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any official information showing that an armed Russian cruiser passed through the Bosphorus under the commercial flag, and that this cruiser stopped two British vessels in the Red Sea; and, if so, whether the Government purpose communicating with the Russian Government on the subject.

(Answered by Earl Percy.) His Majesty's Government have no official information of the passage of an armed Russian cruiser through the Bosphorus under the commercial flag. They learn, however, that two British steamers have been stopped in the Red Sea. Inquiries are being made.