§ Mr. MIDDLEMORE
asked what British war vessel, or war vessels, were there on the 24th July between. Rio de Janeiro and the line that would have been available for the protection of British commerce had war broken out on that date.
§ Mr. McKENNA
None of His Majesty's ships were between Rio and the Equator on the 24th July. There were no men-of-war belonging to any possible enemy between Rio de Janeiro and the Equator on the date named, and consequently there was no need of protection in that particular region.