HC Deb 03 June 1872 vol 211 c1028

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the appointment of Mr. Clarke Jervoise to a diplomatic post at the Papal Court in 1870 was of a temporary nature; and, if not, whether he would state to the House what advantage this country now derives from maintaining two distinct diplomatic missions in Rome?


Sir, Mr. Clarke Jervoise is only temporarily employed at Rome. He draws his salary at £530 a-year as clerk in the Foreign Office, and is paid the difference between that sum and £800, the salary assigned to the Secretary of Legation, who previously resided at Rome. Mr. Jervoise has also the benefit of the allowance of £200 a-year for house rent formerly assigned to the Secretary of Legation residing at Rome. His stay at Rome is, for the present, rendered necessary by the refusal of the Papal Government to hold any communication with a diplomatic agent accredited to the King of Italy—as is Sir Augustus Paget—and this dual representation at Rome is maintained by Foreign Governments generally.