HC Deb 05 May 1864 vol 175 cc25-6

I am, Sir, unwilling to embarrass Her Majesty's Government at the present time, but it does appear to me that, in the existing critical state of affairs, the House of Commons ought to be kept acquainted in general terms with the progress of the Conference; and I hope that, notwithstanding the ludicrous light-in which hon. Gentlemen opposite appear to view this important Question, I may be permitted to ask, Whether it is true that the Conference has again adjourned; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will inform the House what is the reason of that adjournment, and on what day the Conference may be expected to reassemble?


The Conference met yesterday, and has been adjourned till Monday next, but I cannot state the reason. It is the opinion of the members of the Conference that it is essential to the success of the Conference itself that their proceedings should be strictly private. It is, therefore, quite out of my power to inform the right hon. Gentleman why, on yesterday, it was adjourned till Monday.