HC Deb 06 May 1908 vol 188 cc234-5

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the representatives of the Government of India at the Brussels Conference on traffic in arms in Africa, have instructions to bring before the Conference the prevalence of gun-running through the ports in the Persian Gulf and on the coast of Oman, and to endeavour to prevent this practice.


In accordance with the precedent of the Conference of 1890 there is no separate representation of the Government of India, apart from His Majesty's Government, at the present Conference. But an Indian officer with local knowledge will be attached to the British delegates. It would be contrary to the public interest to state the instructions given to the British representatives, but there is little doubt that the question of the arms traffic on the Oman coast and in the Persian Gulf will be considered.