HL Deb 21 April 1884 vol 287 cc123-4

My Lords, I indulged hopes that, considering the extremely critical position which General Gordon now occupies, the noble Earl the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who was in the House only a few minutes since, might have condescended to give your Lordships some information upon the subject. Looking at the peculiar position of affairs, I do not think it was too much, to expect that the noble Earl himself would have volunteered some statement upon the subject. As the noble Earl has abstained from doing so, and is no longer in his place to answer any Question, I beg to give Notice that to-morrow night I shall inquire whether the noble Earl will give this House some information as to the present critical position of General Gordon; and whether Her Majesty's Government are prepared to take any steps to relieve him?

House adjourned at Five o'clock, till To-morrow, a quarter past Ten o'clock.