HC Deb 23 July 1914 vol 65 cc626-7
1. Mr. KING

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that, at the recent trial of Messrs. Pooley and others in Japan, serious charges were made against the agents of the Vickers firm, who were found guilty of bribery; and whether inquiry will be made in Japan through the British representatives there as to the facts of the case?


So far as I am aware no agents of Messrs. Vickers have been prosecuted or tried and I have no means of investigating charges made against persons, in Japan.


Will the right hon. Gentleman ask for a full report of this trial so that he can form his own opinion upon good evidence?


A full report of the trial could only be of interest as regards the people actually tried. I understand that no agent of Messrs. Vickers has been tried or prosecuted.