HC Deb 29 November 1906 vol 166 c296
MR. NIELD (Middlesex, Ealing)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will direct the British Minister at Bucharest to take prompt steps to present for payment by the Roumanian Government the claims of the English workmen engaged upon the erection for that Government of certain portions of the buildings constituting the general exhibition held at Bucharest last summer, for wages and share of profits under their contract, as well as for compensation for breach of contract, and for compensation for wrongful arrest and imprisonment for various terms, without trial or conviction for any offence.


His Majesty's Minister at Bucharest is giving full attention to the matter, and is taking all the steps which he can in support of the claims of the British workmen.


I Leg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has received any communication from Sir Cunningham Greene, British Minister at the Roumanian Court at Bucharest, with reference to the ill-treatment and persecution of Messrs. Morgan and Singer, and the other Englishmen associated with them, and engaged upon the construction and working of certain portions of the Bucharest General Exhibition in July and September last, and also of their subsequent imprisonment for terms varying from thirty hours to six weeks without any formal trial or conviction for any offence; and whether he will lay upon the Table of the House any Papers he may have relating to the matter.


Full reports of the circumstances have been received from His Majesty's Minister at Bucharest, but it would not be desirable at the present stage to lay any Papers on the subject. The men have meanwhile been sent home.