§ MR. GULLAND (Dumfries Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's 1422 Government have been requested by the United States Government to join in submitting to other Governments a proposal to prohibit by treaty the sale of intoxicants and opium among uncivilised races; and, if so, whether His Majesty's Government will join in such a proposal.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (SIR EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
I can make no statement about the intentions of the United States Government in the matter; it is for them, and not for Us, to do so. The attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the whole question has been defined by the Secretary of State for India in a speech in this House during the present session. I need only repeat that His Majesty's Government will regard with sympathy any proposal which will result in diminishing effectively the consumption of opium.
§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
asked if the right hon. Gentleman was aware that a mission was being carried on in this country on this subject, and if he had received Resolutions from any meetings held in connection with it.
§ SIR EDWARD GREY
I will inquire, but it would not be an official communication if it came from a private individual.