HC Deb 05 August 1924 vol 176 cc2752-3
Mr. HANNON (by Private Notice)

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received further information from the American Charge d'Affaires in Mexico City relative to the murder of Mrs. Evans; whether he has conveyed to the Mexican Administration through the American Charge d'Affaires an expression of the indignation and abhorrence of the people of the United Kingdom at the commission of this atrocious crime; and whether he proposes to take steps immediately to secure adequate compensation for the loss of this gallant lady's life to her next-of-kin and to secure the future safety of Mrs. Evans' estate?


The United States Embassy at Mexico City has brought the murder of Mrs. Evans to the notice of the Mexican Government and requested immediate investigation with a view to the apprehension and punishment of the murderers, and the Mexican Government has replied that energetic measures are being taken to expedite investigation and action for the apprehension of Mrs. Evans' assailants. The United States Embassy suggested to the Mexican Government that it would be well to place a guard at Mrs. Evans' ranch to protect her house and its contents. The British Consul-General at Mexico City informs me that Captain Hollocombe, an official of the British Legation, who has been sent to the ranch to investigate, reports that the motive of the crime was not robbery; that the Mexican Government are acting energetically and have made a number of arrests and that he is obtaining all facilities. In reply to the second part of the question, I have informed His Majesty's Ambassador at Washington that the Mexican Government should be made to realise their responsibility for this tragic development. In reply to the last part of the Question, a claim will certainly be made for suitable compensation in due course. I understand that the newspapers have some further news, but I have no official information beyond that which I have given.