§ In answer to a question from LORD BROUGHAM,1286
§ The MARQUESS of LANSDOWNE
said, that no convention had been entered into respecting the affairs of Portugal. A protocol had been signed by the Three Powers which had before interfered in the affairs of Portugal, namely, Great Britain, France, and Spain, the object of which was the pacification of that unhappy and distracted country, having a due respect at the same time to the constitutional rights of the Throne and of the people of that country. It would not be satisfactory to their Lordships that he should lay upon the Table the papers alluded to by the noble and learned Lord unaccompanied by other correspondence, because such a course would only bring on a permanent discussion. The papers and correspondence upon this subject would be laid before Parliament, and no time would be lost in making that communication as soon as circumstances would justify it, and as soon also as it could be made without injury to the public service.