HC Deb 15 April 1875 vol 223 c976

I have to ask the House to allow me to offer an explanation in respect to the vote taken on the Previous Question, moved by the hon. Member for Oxfordshire (Mr. Cartwright), when I brought under notice the Declaration of Paris, on Tuesday evening. It has been suggested to me that I acted disrespectfully to the House in leaving the House when the Question was about to be put to a division taken upon it. I wish, therefore, to explain that I had stated that I wished to withdraw the Notice I had given, but was not prepared to divide upon the Previous Question, which did not meet the merits of the case. I venture to think that if the division had been taken upon my own Motion, instead of upon the Previous Question, the result would have been very different.