HC Deb 14 May 1860 vol 158 c1206

said, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether the Government have turned their attention to collections of money being made, there chiefly, as well as in other parts of the Empire, for the use of the Sovereign of the Papal States; whether they believe that such may be used, or means adopted otherwise, for enlisting subjects of Her Majesty for the army of that Foreign Power; and whether, if such be illegal or irregular, Government will take measures to check any agents in the matter, or to warn those who may enter into such engagements?


replied that, no doubt the Foreign Enlistment Act absolutely prohibited any of Her Majesty's subjects to enter the military service of a Foreign Power without 11 or Majesty's permission. The Government had had their attention directed to the subject which the hon. Member had just brought under his notice, and he might state that they would be prepared to take such measures as seemed to them to be necessary for the prevention of any illegal proceedings.