HC Deb 22 May 1912 vol 38 c2056W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British Government stated in 1909 that if there was a miscarriage of justice the case of the steamship "Oldhamia" would be taken up diplomatically; and whether the Russian Government assured the British' Government that they would not consider case oil for illuminating purposes as contraband of war?


The facts are as stated in the question, and His Majesty's Government did take up the case diplomatically. I would beg to refer the Noble Lord to the correspondence laid before Parliament in January last (Miscellaneous No. 1, 1912), which I apprehend, from the terms of his question, he may not have seen. It shows that the question turned upon whether the oil was or was not only as described in the question.