SIR HARRY VERNEY
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he has received information from the British Consuls in Crete that the stipulations contained in the Hatti-Sherriff of 1856 and in the Hatti-Humayoun have been observed by the Turkish Government towards the Christian Inhabitants of the Island; and, if no information on the subject has reached him, whether he will cause inquiry to be made from each Consular Agent?
All the information, Sir, which the Foreign Office possesses upon the special subject to which the hon. Gentleman's Question refers has already been laid upon the table of the House. I do not think much will be found in those papers hearing upon this particular Question. But in consequence of observations made in the late debate, I thought it right to cause search to be made in the records of the Office to see whether any Reports bearing upon the subject have been addressed to the Office within the last two years. When that search is completed, if I find anything bearing on the present state of things in Crete to justify its production, I shall lay it on the table.