§ The next vote was for 41,000l. for Foreign and other Secret Services.
wished to know, whether this vote was for expenses already incurred at home, or for secret services abroad. The vote was rather a large amount.
§ Mr. Spring Rice
said, that most of this amount was for foreign services. If it was compared to the grants for former years, it would be found to be very considerably reduced. I n 1826 it was 260,000l., in 1829 it was 45,000l., and at present, 41,000l.
was surprised they could want even such a sum as that for secret services. In a time of peace, they ought to act above-board, and with clean hands.
§ Mr. Spring Rice
said, the vote was on account of public services, and the hon. Gentleman was in error if he supposed they wanted to do any clandestine act.
Mr. C. W. Wynn
thought, sufficient confidence ought to be placed in those who had the disposal of this money, to remove any suspicion of its being applied improperly.
observed, that formerly, Secret Pensions had been given out of this source, to persons connected with the Irish Press. He believed the government of the United States required no expenditure of this description for secret services.
§ Sir M. W. Ridley
said, hon. Gentlemen must be aware it was impossible to carry on a government without a vote of money for such purposes; and he was surprised the hon. and learned Gentleman should compare the Government of this country with that of the United States, which he believed to be as corrupt as any under the sun.
was surprised at this assertion of the hon. Baronet. Was he aware that an embezzlement of a small sum of money was considered in the United States, of sufficient importance for a State prosecution.
§ Vote agreed to.