HL Deb 11 March 1870 vol 199 cc1732-3

said, he hoped the noble Earl the Secretary of State for the Colonies would allow him to put a Question of which he had not been able to give him notice. He understood that the Prime Minister intended making a statement in the House of Commons on Monday as to the intentions of the Government with regard to any measures which might be necessary for giving further security to life and property in Ireland. He wished to know whether the noble Earl intended making a similar statement in this House?


said, that a statement would be made to their Lordships on the same evening on which the Prime Minister made his statement in the other House. He could not say whether this would or would not be on Monday.


said, he thought that, under these circumstances, it would be for the convenience of their Lordships that he should postpone the Motion which stood in his name for that evening for Returns on crimes and outrages in Ireland. No doubt it was desirable to have those Returns; but he thought it would be unbecoming, and, indeed, almost presumptuous, in him, when the Government had announced their intention of stating in so short a time their views on the condition of Ireland, to interfere. He would, therefore, postpone his Motion, without fixing a day for it, as he did not wish to bring on a discussion which would much more fitly originate with the Government.