§ Sir OWEN PHILIPPS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that nearly all the leading Powers are sending special delegations with, in many cases, a member of a reigning house or a high official at their head, to attend the festivities at Buenos Ayres on the occasion of the first centenary of the Declaration of Independence of the Argentine Republic; and whether, in view of the sympathetic and economic connection of Great Britain and Argentina, the Government can arrange that this country shall be represented by delegates of at least equal standing and authority?
§ Sir E. GREY
I am aware that certain European Powers intend to send special delegations to the Argentine Centenary. His Majesty's Government will be repre- 191 sented by a special Envoy, who will be Vice-Admiral George Egerton, Commander-in-Chief of the Cape Station, in command of His Majesty's ships "Hermes," "Argyll," and "Amethyst," which will be sent to Buenos Ayres for the occasion, which is one on which His Majesty's Government specially desire to show their interest and goodwill.