HC Deb 24 May 1860 vol 158 cc1653-4

rose to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, on or about the 11th of April last, a fugitive from the Neapolitan troops at Palermo, the Cavaliere Luigi Villarosa, applied for refuge to one of the English Ships of War anchored in the harbour, that he was repulsed by the Captain, al- leging that his instructions only allowed him to extend his protection to British subjects, and that he was received and protected on board a Russian vessel; and, if so, whether such transaction was previous to the date of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs' late Instruction to the Admiralty, and whether the officer in question is now informed of the directions of the Government on the subject?


said, no such information as the hon. Member referred to had been received at the Foreign Office, and be had made inquiry at the Admiralty and found that no such information had been received there.