HC Deb 02 July 1861 vol 164 c198

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is the intention of the Government to carry out the promise made by him (before the second division on Saturday last on the question that the Debate on the Wakefield Writ Motion be adjourned), to the effect that if the House reaffirmed its former decision, the Government would not oppose the issue of the Writ?


Sir, the offer which I made to the House on the occasion to which the hon. and gallant Member refers was not accepted, and, as he knows, it was not in my power to control the action of the House. When the Motion of which the hon. Member has given notice comes on for discussion the Government will state the course which they intend to take.