HC Deb 25 May 1848 vol 98 cc1413-4

MR. GOULBURN said, there was a difficulty in obtaining information with re- spect to the state of the island of Jamaica. Two days ago a packet arrived which conveyed to private individuals accounts as to the distress under which Jamaica was labouring; and he wished to ask the hon. Gentleman opposite (Mr. Hawes) if any information had been received by the Government as to the state of that island?

MR. HAWES, in reply, said, that by the packet that arrived the day before yesterday no information was received relative to the state and condition of Jamaica; but he contemplated in a few days laying some additional papers on the state of the West India colonies before the House; and if in the mean time anything further should arrive, of course it would be his duty to place it also before the House.