§ Mr. T. Duncombe
I wish to ask whether the new writ which has been moved for North Lancashire is connected in any way with Lord Stanley's secession from the Cabinet. I beg to inquire if he is still at the head of the Colonial Department? [Laughter.]
§ Sir R. Peel
I have great satisfaction in stating—and I hope the hon. Gentleman will derive equal satisfaction from learning the fact—that my noble Friend's position in the Colonial Department is not in the slightest degree affected by the writ which has been moved for.