§ MR. H. H. MARKS (Kent, Thanet)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Afiairs whether he can now state the circumstances of the seizure by the Venezuelan authorities of the schooner "Lady Kensington," and of the arrest and imprisonment of her passengers and crew; and what action His Majesty's Government has taken in the matter.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. MCKINNON WOOD,) Glasgow, St. Rollox
My right hon. friend has nothing to add to his reply to a similar Question, on the 26th instant, beyond stating that instructions have been since sent by telegraph to both the Governor of the Windward Islands and His Majesty's Minister at Caracas. It must, however, be borne in mind that telegraphic communication with Venezuela is both slow and uncertain, and there may be considerable delay in obtaining a Report from Sir Vincent Corbett. He may, however, be relied on in the meanwhile to take any action that may be practicable, or to make any representations which may be justified.