§ The Duke of Wellington
said, the noble Earl opposite (Earl Fitzwilliam) had given not- 212 ice of his intention to move that evening for a return of the number of the forces in Ireland, and of the expense incurred in the fortification of barracks and other stations for troops in Ireland, at certain specified periods. He now rose to state that it was not the intention of Her Majesty's Ministers to make any objection to the motion. He wished, at the present moment, that noble Lords should continue that forbearance from all discussion with reference to Ireland, which was shewn on Thursday last—from all discussion that could; operate in the least degree injuriously or unjustly towards any party whatever.
§ Earl Fitzwilliam
assured the noble Duke that it was quite unnecessary for him to offer any suggestion to him to abstain from making any remarks contrary to the understanding acquiesced in by everybody in that House, in abstaining from all comment on the affairs of Ireland, which might be inconsistent with the state of mind which everybody desired to keep, during the time that the trials were going forward in that country. He was glad, that the noble Duke and Her Majesty's Ministers would not offer any opposition to his motion, as this would supersede the necessity of even the few observations he was about to make. The noble Earl then moved for—A return of the number of Her Majesty's forces in Ireland on the 1st day of January, April, July, and October, in each year, from the 1st of January, 1828, to the 1st of January, 1844, both inclusive; and also a return of the expense incurred in the fortification of barracks and other stations for troops in Ireland in the year 1843.