HL Deb 25 May 1848 vol 98 cc1329-30

Lord Stanley rose to put a question to the noble Marquess opposite, which he had no doubt would be very easily answered. It was quite unnecessary that anything further should now be said than to give a simple reply to his inquiry. At the present moment he deprecated all discussion; but still the subject of the question which he had to put was so important, that he could not refrain from requesting the noble Marquess to give it shortly an answer. The question which he desired to put was this, whether Her Majesty's Government intended to submit to Parliament the circumstances under which the British Minister at Madrid had had his passports forwarded to him?

The Marquess of LANSDOWNE replied, that Her Majesty's Government were perfectly ready to afford the fullest information on the subject to which the noble Lord's question referred, and he quite agreed with him that any discussion of the merits of the case would at the present moment be most inconvenient. It was in the greatest degree expedient that every paper relating to recent events at Madrid should he placed before Parliament in as short a time as possible. His noble Friend the Secretary for Foreign Affairs had informed him that those documents were now in course of preparation; and, upon further inquiry that morning, he found that his noble Friend was anxious, if possible, to lay them on the table of the House of Commons to-morrow; but at all events, if not to-morrow, at the first sitting of the House after to-morrow.

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