HC Deb 09 April 1824 vol 11 cc327-8

On the resolution for granting 34,450l. for outfit of foreign consuls,

Mr. Hume

inquired whether the right hon. secretary, or his majesty's government, had turned their attention to the situation of the Turkey Company. When that company was established there might have been reasons for the proceeding; but the question was, whether any reasons could be advanced for continuing it. He knew it might be defended on the ground of chartered rights: but chartered rights ought always to be given with reference to the public good; and so long as they produced public good, they should be continued. But, if this establishment inflicted evils on commerce, instead of effecting benefit, he thought no delay should take place in changing the whole system. There was one peculiarity in their system which was not to be found elsewhere; he meant the right which they exercised of appointing their consuls. That authority was usually vested in the secretary of state. But here, if an individual complained against one of their consuls, either for an improper interference or of refusing to interfere, he could not get relief from the secretary of state, but must apply to this body.

Mr. Canning

expressed himself fully sensible of the disadvantages of the pro-sent system, and intimated that the earliest opportunity would be taken to improve it.