§ MR. BOULTON (Huntingdonshire, Ramsey)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the bonding privileges which enable Great Britain and Canada to send goods to one another through United States territory in bond are the subject of treaty; and, if so, who are the parties of the treaty; is the treaty for a definite period, and what period; it is subject to termination by either party, and on what notice; and, if no such treaty exists, what are the arrangements under which those bonding privileges are in force.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
The bonding privileges referred to in the Question of the hon. Member are based on Article 29 of the Treaty of Washington of 1871, and although the Fishery Articles of that Treaty were subsequently denounced, the article in question in the view of His Majesty's Government is still in force, though on this point a different view is entertained by the United States. Its provisions have, however, in practice been acted upon ever since.