HC Deb 29 January 1878 vol 237 cc624-5

said, he wished to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer a Question of which he had given him private Notice. He had understood the right hon. Gentleman yesterday to say that the Government believed that terms 'of peace had been practically accepted. He wished, therefore to ask, Whether the Government had received any confirmation of that belief, and were able to state to the House that an Armistice had been concluded; and, if not, whether it was true, as reported that day, that the Russian Forces were still rapidly advancing on Constantinople?


Sir, my hon. Friend spoke to me a few moments ago and told me he was going to put this Question; but I am sorry to say I did not exactly catch the terms in which he was going to put it. I thought it would be simply to ask whether we had any information as to an Armistice having been signed. I can only say we have received no such information; and with respect to the latter part of the Question—namely, whether the Russian Forces are rapidly advancing on Constantinople—it would be better that Notice should be given of it, as I could hardly, without consideration, answer it. Perhaps my hon. Friend will put it on the Paper for tomorrow.