HC Deb 13 May 1914 vol 62 c1120W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Joint Naval Commission in the New Hebrides has recently refused to allow natives on trial the assistance of counsel; whether His Majesty's officers sitting on that Commission concurred in this decision; and, if so, whether this was upon the instruction of the Admiralty?


The Joint Naval Commission, which consists of British and French naval officers, received a request from counsel to be allowed to appear before it, and replied that, as the request created a precedent, the matter should be-referred to superior authority. No instructions were given by the Admiralty. The powers and procedure of this Commission will, I understand, be discussed at the forthcoming conference with representatives of the French Government.