HC Deb 27 February 1880 vol 250 cc1571-2

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the Mr. Consul Blunt, instructed by Mr. Layard, in a Despatch printed in Paper Turkey, No. 34, 1878, p. 15, to hold an inquiry into the circumstances of the murder of Mr. Ogle, is the same Mr. Blunt before whom all the depositions (which are printed on pp. 44–58 same Paper) purport to have been taken; and, whether he is the same Mr. Blunt who has recently reported in favour of a delay in the inquiry promised by the Government so long ago?


, in reply, said, that it would be more convenient that Questions relating to details of foreign affairs should be addressed to the Representative of the Foreign Office. It was true that Mr. Blunt was sent in the first instance by Sir Henry Layard to take part in the judicial inquiry at Vole, and till his departure on a mission of mediation to the insurgent Chiefs he took part in the examination of witnesses along with Redschid Pacha. The inquiry was continued by Consul General Fawcett; but Consul Blunt, from his intimate knowledge of the country, was considered best qualified to take part in such an inquiry.