HL Deb 13 March 1832 vol 11 cc124-5
The Duke of Wellington

said, he should not say one word as to the topic which had just been under discussion, but he rose for the purpose of adverting to another part of the speech of M. Perier, which, in his opinion, seemed to imply that certain proceedings had taken place derogatory to the character of his Majesty's Ministers, as well as to the characters of their allies. He alluded to the armed interference in the affairs of Belgium by France. He begged to ask the noble Earl (Earl Grey), to examine the correspondence upon this matter, with a view to prepare himself for amotion which he (the Duke of Wellington) would submit to the House on Friday next, calling for the production of papers. His reason for bringing forward this motion was, because he was anxious that the British Government and its allies should stand where they did stand, and to do justice to the French government, by showing that they never took any other view of the affairs of Belgium than that which had been adopted by the Government of this country. The noble Duke concluded by giving notice for Friday.

Earl Grey

was desirous that the noble Duke should particularize the papers he referred to. His intimation was too general.

The Duke of Wellington

said, he should move for the Orders in Council, on and subsequent to the 2nd of February, 1831, and also for copies of the correspondence between the French Secretary of State and the British Ambassador at Paris.

Lord Goderich

said, that the Orders in Council were already on the Table of the House, as was also a portion of the other papers. The better way would be for the noble Duke to send to the Foreign-office a list of the papers he required, and they should be prepared.

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