HC Deb 13 May 1864 vol 175 c458

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the Minister for Foreign Affairs will continue to preside at the Conference notwithstanding the exactions and oppressions alleged to have been perpetrated in Jutland by the orders of Marshal Wrangel; and whether Her Majesty's Government have protested, and will protest, against the commission of such outrages on non-combatants during the sittings of the Conference?


Sir, these exactions and oppressions which are alleged to have been committed in Jutland constitute a strong additional reason for endeavouring to put an end to the war. My noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has not, in consequence of those exactions which are alleged to have taken place, ceased to attend the Conference; and I think the House will be of opinion that he would have acted very unwisely if he had done so, instead of endeavouring, in concert with other neutral Powers—and that successfully—to obtain a suspension of arms, one of the conditions of which is, that the Austrian and Prussian armies are not to levy any contributions on the people of Jutland, but are to pay for everything that is furnished to them.