§ The Duke of Wellington
rose, and said, my Lords, circumstances having induced his Majesty's Government to consider it their duty to tender the resignations of their offices, they have tendered them, and I have therefore to announce to your Lordships, that they continue to hold them only until their successors shall be appointed. They will do this that the necessary business of the country may not be impeded. I should have announced this before, but that it was desirable, if the Mutiny Bill should be brought up from the other House of Parliament, that it should be read a first time. I therefore waited to see whether it was brought up, that I might move the first reading of the Bill. We shall continue, while we hold our offices, to carry forward such matters as the necessity of the public business may require.
said, that even under the circumstances which had been stated by the noble Duke, there could not, he thought, be the slightest objection to the introduction of his Motion on Education. He should, therefore, bring it forward on Tuesday next, as their Lordships were not likely to be overburthened with business, because, with reference to that Motion, it was of no consequence who was in or out of office.