HC Deb 22 July 1878 vol 241 cc2058-9

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with reference to his statement that the employment of Charles Marvin (a writer engaged at wages by the hour), in connection with the Memorandum of Count Schouvaloff and Lord Salisbury, was inconsistent with the rules of the Foreign Office, but that while the matter was the subject of judicial investigation it would be contrary to precedent and injurious to the public interests that any explanation of the circumstances should at that moment be made to Parliament, Whether now that the judicial investigation has terminated, he will state under what circumstances Charles Marvin was so employed?


I have to state, in reply to the right hon. Gentleman, that Charles Marvin was employed, with respect to the Memorandum in question, for the sake of despatch; and he was so employed under the belief that, as he had been for more than a year in the Foreign Office, he was trustworthy. I am sorry to say that that belief afterwards turned out to be erroneous.


You must not say that, for he was acquitted.