HC Deb 20 July 1874 vol 221 cc297-8

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If the Government have received official information relative to the disturbance which took place on the 21st of June in the square of St. Peter's at Rome, during which a tumultuous mob is reported to have approached the Vatican, uttering cries and threats against the Sovereign Pontiff; and, in the event of the Government having received such official intelligence, to ask that it be laid before Parliament?


Sir,. mention is made in a Despatch received from the Secretary of Legation, of a disturbance which occurred in the square of St. Peter's on the occasion referred to by the hon. Member. It does not, however, appear to have been of a serious character, and no mention is made of threats directed against the Pope. There is no objection to lay the Despatch on the Table, should the hon. Member require it; but it contains very little more than will be found in the newspapers.