HL Deb 17 June 1842 vol 64 cc1-2
Lord Cloncurry

begged to ask of the noble Duke opposite, whether any part of the money collected under the Queen's Letter, would be distributed amongst the people of Ireland?

The Duke of Wellington

was unable to answer the question, no notice having been given by the noble Lord of his intention to make the inquiry. He would give the noble Lord the information which he required at the next sitting of the House.

Lord Fitzgerald

thought that the noble Lord, before he repeated his question, should consider its tendency. The inquiry which he made was in effect, whether subscriptions made in England and Wales, to relieve the distresses of the people of this country, should be expended amongst the poor of Ireland. Such a proposition ought to be well considered before it was suggested to the House.

Lord Cloncurry

said, that subscriptions had been made in Ireland, which had been found to be totally inadequate to supply the wants of the people. Those wants were of the most melancholy description, and were chiefly owing to the income of gentlemen being spent out of the country.

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