HL Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 c512

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any information could be given with regard to the nature of the Treaty or Convention which was reported to have been signed by the Bey of Tunis? From accounts which had been received, it appeared that the French General with a large escort, and supported by a strong force in the immediate vicinity of the City of Tunis, demanded an audience of the Bey, who was at length, under great pressure, induced to sign a Treaty virtually placing the Regency of Tunis under a French Protectorate.


The Treaty which has been signed appears in some of the newspapers; but it will be only officially communicated to us at the, time when it is communicated to the French Chambers. After it has been so communicated it wilt be included in the Papers which will be laid on the Table of your Lordships' House.