HC Deb 11 December 1857 vol 148 c555

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether there is any objection to lay on the table of the House any correspondence which may have passed between Her Majesty's Government and the Commissioner at Loanda and the chief officer of the squadron on the west coast of Africa, relative to the slave trade carried on there during the past year under the American flag?

VISCOUNT PALMERSTON, in reply, said, that there was no objection whatever to the production of the papers. They would be included naturally in the slave trade papers which were laid annually before Parliament at a later period of the Session; but if the hon. Member wished for them before that time they should be produced.