HC Deb 31 March 1868 vol 191 c575

said, that, in deference to the wishes of the House, he would postpone his Motion respecting Irrigation in India to the 28th of April. But he deeply regretted being called upon for the second time to defer the consideration of a question which affected a population not of a few millions only, but of 150,000,000 of our fellow-subjects, of whom, too, mainly through the neglect of irrigation, in one district alone, and in the course of only a few months, according to official Returns, nearly 1,000,000 of souls had recently perished of famine.