HC Deb 07 August 1857 vol 147 c1221

said, he had given notice that he would call the attention of the House to the expediency of facilitating the communication between Great Britain and India by the route of the Euphrates. He had put that Notice on the Paper in that somewhat irregular form, because in truth he had at that period of the Session no other means of bringing it forward, and he had done so after communication with the noble Lord at the head of the Government, who had intimated his intention to take some part in the discussion that might arise on the subject. Unfortunately for him, the noble Lord, who knew more about that important subject than any other man in the kingdom, was unable to attend that day, and in the exercise of his discretion he would therefore postpone it, with the assurance that he would bring it forward the first opportunity.