HC Deb 01 March 1904 vol 130 cc1353-4
MR. BRIGG (Yorkshire, W.R., Keighley)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make inquiries of the British Consul at New York with respect to two British subjects, John Atkinson Wright and Robert Atkinson Wright, both of Bradford, York, who landed at New York from the White Star s.s. "Cymric," on the 17th of January last, and after being detained by the American authorities on the charge of having broken the contract laws, were finally sent back to England, although they had not entered into any illegal labour contract; whether there is usually any representative from the British Consulate present to give assistance to British subjects on their landing; and, if there is not, will he inquire into the desirability of such a course.

(Answered by Earl Percy.) We have no information about this case, but His Majesty's Consul-General at New York will be instructed to furnish a report. Inquiry will at the same time be made as to the assistance given to British subjects on landing at New York.