HC Deb 21 May 1860 vol 158 c1552

Sir, I wish to ask the noble Lord the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs a Question of which I have given him notice privately. I can assure the House that I ask the Question not from any motives of curiosity, but for a very cogent reason. The question I have to ask the noble Lord is, Whether he can give the House any information as to the light in which the Sicilian insurrection is regarded by the other Powers of Europe, and especially as to the light in which it is regarded by France?


Sir, I cannot undertake to answer the question which the hon. Member has put to me as to what the other Powers of Europe think of the Sicilian insurrection. I can only say that I am told that the vessel sent by the Austrian Government to the waters of Naples has been despatched entirely for the protection of Austrian subjects. I do not find that any of the Powers of Europe—certainly neither Austria nor Spain—intend to take any part against the Sicilian insurgents on behalf of the Neapolitan Government.