HC Deb 30 June 1879 vol 247 c957

Perhaps I may be allowed to ask a Question of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, of which I have given him private Notice. It is with reference to the interment of the late Lord Lawrence, Whether Her Majesty's Government have considered the propriety of paying some national tribute of respect to his memory, either by communicating with the authorities of Westminster Abbey as to the burial there, or in any way that the Government may approve of?


Mr. Speaker, there can be no doubt of the very great services which the late Lord Lawrence rendered to his country; and I am sure that there is no place in which those services will be more appreciated than in the Houses of Parliament, and that there are no persons by whom they are more appreciated than by Her Majesty's Government. We do not consider that precedents would justify us in proposing a funeral for Lord Lawrence at the public expense; but I am happy to say that arrangements have been in progress, and, I believe, are now completed, by which it is arranged that the funeral shall take place in Westminster Abbey. I think this announcement will give great satisfaction to the House.