HC Deb 24 August 1860 vol 160 cc1782-3

said, with reference to statements that have appeared in the continental journals—1. That the Austrian Government has intimated to that of Turin that they would treat the landing of Garibaldi in the Neapolitan dominions as a casus belli between Austria and Northern Italy. 2. That Austria has engaged or tendered support to the King of Naples, by armed intervention, against any attempt at revolution—he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether Her Majesty's Government have received any information of such a menace being addressed to the Court of Turin, or such an engagement or offer being made to that of Naples?


; Sir, I am glad to say that the Report to which the hon. and learned Member refers is totally devoid of foundation. The Austrian Government has invariably stated that they do not intend to interfere by force of arms in any matter beyond their own frontier, that they intend to defend their frontier if attacked, but to do nothing beyond that. Therefore there is no ground for supposing that any such communication as the hon. and learned Member refers to has been made by the Austrian Government either to the King of Naples or the King of Sardinia.