§ Mr. LONSDALE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention had been called to the attack on two British subjects near Isphan, and to the recent robberies from caravans between Shiraz and Isphan; and whether he proposed to take decisive steps to safeguard British subjects and British trade along the trade routes in Southern Persia?
§ Sir EDWARD GREY
I have not received information from His Majesty's Minister at Teheran respecting the attack on two British subjects; but a telegraphic report respecting the caravan robberies has been received. Sir George Barclay has made strong representations to the Persian Government on the subject, urging them immediately to despatch a force from Shiraz to punish the robbers and recover the stolen property, and to hasten the arrival there of the Governor-General. He states that the Persian Government are alive to the gravity of the situation, and are making a serious effort to carry out their undertaking to restore order on the roads of southern Persia.