HC Deb 15 November 1906 vol 165 cc101-2

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will issue a Return showing the number of legal cases tried by the two Judges of a Consular Court at Constantinople during the last two years; and whether his official Reports show that two Judges are required.


There were, until 1893, two Judges at Constantinople, and one in Egypt. Until 1897 there was only one Judge at Constantinople. The Judgeship in Egypt was then abolished, and two Judges were appointed to Constantinople as their headquarters, one or the other going on circuit regularly to Egypt, and to other places in the Ottoman Dominions from time to time. I see no advantage in calling for the Return asked for by the hon. Member. The necessity for having two Judges does not depend only on the amount of work to be done. The objection to having no Judge at Constantinople at certain times is obvious.