HC Deb 09 June 1834 vol 24 cc340-1
Lord Dudley Stuart

rose for the purpose of moving, that an Address be presented to his Majesty, praying that a sum of 10,000l. be granted for the relief of the distressed Polish refugees; and respectfully assuring his Majesty, that the House would make good such sum. To such a proposition he could not anticipate any opposition. Other countries, France particularly, had set England an example worthy of imitation.

Mr. Thomas Attwood

suggested, that 10,000l. was too small a sum. It would not allow each Pole to receive 10s. a week for twelve months. He thought that 16,000l. ought to be granted.

Lord Althorp

thought the sum proposed by the hon. Member who had just sat down would be, indeed, very extravagant. He did not think 10,000l. was too small a sum. He had but one question to ask of his noble friend. His noble friend had calculated the 10,000l. to serve the distressed Poles at present here for the space of twelve months. Now, he wished to ask his noble friend, if any of the Poles were to leave the country during the twelve months, would the whole of the 10,000l. be required? He thought also, that the Poles who were here might find some means of employment by which they might be enabled to support themselves, or, at all events, to contribute in some measure to their own support.

Lord D. Stuart

agreed with the noble Lord, that it would be only right that the Poles should, whenever they had an opportunity, seek by employment to support themselves. He could assure the House, that he believed these high-spirited men would infinitely prefer earning a subsistence, to deriving it from the gratuitous kindness of the English people.

Motion agreed to.