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Newfoundland Fisheries—The French Shore—Question

Volume 229: debated on Monday 15 May 1876

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asked theUnder Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the Government propose to remove the restrictions hitherto placed on the Governor of Newfoundland with respect to the issuing of grants of land to British subjects on the so-called "French shore" of that island; and, whether any and what steps will be taken during the approaching season to protect our fishermen from outrage and interference pending the Report of the Fishery Commissioners?

Sir, the Questions referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend are among those which are at present the subject of negotiations between the French and English Governments, and, as they are of a highly delicate character, my hon. and gallant Friend will, I have no doubt, be anxious to avoid any discussions which might tend to interpose difficulties in the way of a settlement of the points at issue, which I hope will not be much longer deferred.