§ MR. C. ANSTEY
wished to know whether Mr. Stephen had really retired from the office of Under Secretary for the Colonies, and whether Mr. Merivale had been appointed in his stead; or whether Mr. Stephen was still Under-Secretary for the Colonies?
§ LORD J. RUSSELL
said, Mr. Stephen had obtained leave of absence for a time, on account of ill health. In his absence Mr. Merivale, the Under-Assistant Secretary of State for the Colonies occupied his place.