§ MR. JAMES MACLEAN (Oldham)
asked the Under Secretary of State for 385 Foreign Affairs if any memorial has been received from British-Indian subjects of the Queen in East Africa praying that they may be compensated for losses caused by the disturbances in the German Protectorate; and, if so, what action the Foreign Office has taken thereupon; and, if it is proposed to lay whatever correspondence has passed upon the Table of the House?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON,) Manchester, N.E.
A Memorial from British-Indians in East Africa was received by telegraph on the 12th of October, praying Her Majesty's Government to take early measures to stay further loss upon their trade and destruction to their property. It contained no request for compensation. There is no correspondence on the subject which could usefully be laid.
§ MR. BRADLAUGH
Cannot the right hon. Baronet say whether in view of the admitted loss to British subjects the Government are making any inquiry to ascertain if any course can be taken to protect them?
§ SIR J. FERGUSSON
No, Sir. What Her Majesty's Government do is to warn British subjects on the coast of any pending event which may render their residence there dangerous, but they cannot possibly guard them against acts of war with which they have nothing to do.