HC Deb 31 March 1884 vol 286 c1163

asked the honourable Member for Manchester, What course he intends to pursue in reference to the Motion which stands in his name relative to the Treaty with the King of Portugal in regard to the Congo and adjacent Territories?


, in reply, said, that it was his intention to proceed with the Motion which he had on the Paper as soon as he could get an opportunity. He had balloted frequently, and had failed. He might mention that the Prime Minister had given a distinct pledge upon this question, and the right hon. Gentleman was not accustomed to break his pledges. He assumed, therefore, and had the fullest right to assume, that it was impossible for this Treaty to be ratified until the House had had an opportunity of expressing an opinion upon it.