HC Deb 20 March 1877 vol 233 cc202-3

I beg to ask the hon. Member for Liskeard a Question of which I have given him private Notice. I beg to ask him, Whether it is his intention on Friday to proceed with the Motion which he has on the Paper with regard to the Treaties of 1856; and, if so, whether he has made any arrangements to bring it on at an early hour?


No, Sir. I understand that negotiations are now in progress having for their object a new definition of the attitude of the Great Powers towards the Ottoman Empire, and I do not propose to submit my Resolution to the House pending the existing uncertainty as to these negotiations.


said, that in connection with this subject he might ask the hon. Member for Hackney, who had given Notice of a Motion of a similar description to that of the hon. Member for Liskeard, whether he would proceed with that Motion pending the negotiations?


I beg leave to question the accuracy of the hon. Member's description of my Motion. It seems to me that there is the greatest possible difference between my Motion, and the intention of that Motion, and the Motion of the hon Member for Liskeard. I have had no Notice of this Question; but I beg unhesitatingly to answer it, and to say that it is my intention to bring on the Notice of the Motion standing in my name.