§ 11. Mr. RANKIN
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the fine of £2,200 imposed upon the master of the British steamer "Datchet" for an alleged technical infringement of the Spanish Customs regulations; and whether he proposes to protest to the Spanish Government against the excessive degree of this penalty?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Captain Marģesson)
My right hon. Friend regrets very much that he is unable to be present, owing to other duties, and has asked me to reply. Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend's attention was called to this case on the 5th April. His Majesty's Ambassador at Madrid was authorised to make official representations to the Spanish Government in support of the further appeal which the owners, at the suggestion of their legal advisers, proposed to submit to the competent authorities. No information is yet available as to the outcome of this appeal.
§ Mr. CHARLES WILLIAMS
Will my right hon. and gallant Friend assure the House that every avenue will be explored in order to obtain a satisfactory conclusion?