§ Mr. CROSFIELD
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will in- 1435W form the House what steps are being taken with reference to the question of the ill-treatment of Indians in the Putumayo Valley; whether His Majesty's Government are prepared to take immediate action, either alone or in conjunction with the United States, to prevent the continuance of such ill-treatment; whether the directors of the company, which is responsible for the infliction of these atrocities, are British subjects; and if it is intended to inflict any punishment upon them for their conduct?
§ Sir E. GREY
With regard to the first and second parts of this question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I returned on the 13th instant to the hon. Member for Dumbarton. As the Putumayo is not in British territory, and no treaty rights are involved, I cannot promise to do more than I have stated in previous answers.