§ MR. ALDEN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government has consented to be represented at the Conference called by the United States Government to consider the question of the suppression of the opium traffic; whether any other Powers have given their adherence to this proposal; and whether the House can be furnished with the terms of reference and the programme of the Conference.
§ SIR EDWARD GREY
As regards the first part of the Question, the United States Government have been informed that His Majesty's Government are willing, on certain conditions, stated in my reply of 20th March to the hon. Member for Rushcliffe, ‡ to take part in a joint international Conference or Commission of investigation. The replies of the other Powers consulted have not yet been communicated to His Majesty's Government, nor have any terms of reference or programme for the Conference or Commission yet been submitted.