§ MR. FIELD
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Imperial Russian Government has invited an International Conference to consider the means which should be taken to protect International commerce against artificial depression by means of export bounties, the control of production and output, gambling in futures in food stuffs, silver, and various products; whether he has any official information to show that the International Conference intends to consider the proceedings adopted by trusts and private undertakings which tend to influence artificially the International market; and whether any steps have been taken by the British Government to assist at this Conference.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
In connection with the Brussels Sugar Conference, the Russian Government has suggested a fresh International Conference to consider some of the points mentioned by the hon. Gentleman. The reply to be made by His Majesty's Government to this invitation is under consideration.