HC Deb 24 May 1875 vol 224 cc793-4

I rise, Sir, to put a Question to the right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Treasury, of which I have given him private Notice, and in doing so I only wish to explain that I have not the slightest wish to embarrass the Government—I ask the Question simply in order to give the right hon. Gentleman the opportunity of offering some information to the House, as far as he thinks it consistent with his duty to do so, on a subject of the very highest importance, and on which naturally very great interest has been felt throughout the country—namely, Whether Her Majesty's Government have advised Her Majesty to make any representation to the Governments of Prance and Germany on the subject of the relations existing between those States; if so, whether they have any objection to state to the House the nature of such representation and of the replies which have been received; and, whether the Correspondence can be laid upon the Table of the House?


It is, Sir, a fact that Her Majesty's Government advised Her Majesty to make a representation to the Government of the German Emperor respecting the existing relations between Germany and France. The nature of that representation was to correct misconceptions and to insure peace. And to that representation we have re- ceived a satisfactory reply. With regard to placing the Papers at present on the Table of the House, I think it would not be for the public convenience that it should be done.