HC Deb 13 December 1906 vol 167 c664

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the United States Government have promised their full support to a plan for summoning an international conference to consider the situation in the Congo Free State; and whether His Majesty's Government will, in conjunction with the United States, take any steps in this direction.


the plan of summoning an international conference has not specifically been mentioned. But the United States Government have recently intimated their desire to contribute to the realisation of whatever reforms may be counselled by sentiments of humanity, and by the experience of past or present administration in the Congo State. As the hon. Member is no doubt aware, such an announcement is most cordially welcomed by His Majesty's. Government. But, pending the decision to which Belgium may soon come, it is unnecessary to make any further statement at the moment.