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Spain—Carthagena—Claims By British Subjects

Volume 221: debated on Thursday 30 July 1874

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Question

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the British Consul at Carthagena has transmitted to the Foreign Office any reclamations from British subjects whose property has been destroyed in that city during the civil war; and, whether the Government has made any representations to the Spanish Government with a view to obtain indemnity to the sufferers for the loss they have sustained; and, if so, with what result?

Numerous claims have been made by British subjects on account of losses in the Carthagena insurrection. Under the circumstances of the insurrection, the Spanish Government have admitted the rights of German and Italian subjects, and Her Majesty's Government have contended that British subjects should be no less favourably treated. The claims of British subjects are now before the Spanish Government, and our information leads us to hope for an early and favourable reply.