HL Deb 15 December 1831 vol 9 cc228-9
The Earl of Aberdeen,

before their Lordships proceeded to the Order of the Day, begged to state, that as he had reason to expect, from the improved health of a noble Duke, that he would be able in a short time to attend in his place in that House, and as he also expected that an early adjournment of the House would take place, he would for the present postpone the motion upon the foreign relations of the country, so far as Belgium and Holland were concerned, of which he had given notice, as much on the part of the noble Duke as of himself. He had the satisfaction of knowing that, with respect to the main subject of that motion, the affairs of the Netherlands, the opinion of his noble friend entirely concurred with his own; and he could not but be sensible that their Lordships would be much more desirous of hearing the noble Duke than himself upon a subject, in which he had so peculiar a claim to their attention. He saw that a paper had recently been laid upon the Table of the other House of Parliament, containing an account "of the Sums contributed by Great Britain for the erection of Fortifications in the Netherlands, or towards the defence and incorporation of the Belgic provinces with Holland, under the Convention of the 13th of August, 1814." He understood these fortifications were now to be demolished, therefore he supposed there could be no objection to lay a similar account before that House.

Earl Grey

had no objection to the production of the Returns.

Ordered accordingly.

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