HC Deb 09 February 1860 vol 156 c726

said, he would beg to inquire of the noble Lord at the head of Her Majesty's Government whether the right hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer is sufficiently recovered from his recent illness to enable him to proceed with his financial statement tomorrow, and, if not, whether the Government will lay on the Table the Treaty of Commerce with France?


I saw my right hon. Friend a very short time ago, and I cannot undertake positively to say that he will be well enough to go through his statement to-morrow evening. I expect to receive a communication from his medical attendant in the course of the evening which will enable me to speak with more certainty. If he should not have recovered his strength of voice sufficiently to enable him to go through that which must necessarily be a long statement, I am persuaded the House will indulgently give him until Monday; for it would be unsatisfactory to the House as well as to him, if, not having entirely recovered his strength, he were to find himself, in the middle of a long statement, unable to go on. My noble Friend the Secretary for Foreign Affairs will, at all events, to-morrow lay on the Table the recent Convention with France.