HL Deb 14 February 1884 vol 284 cc824-5

My Lords, as I see a Member of Her Majesty's Government (Lord Carlingford) on the front Ministerial Bench, I wish to make one or two remarks concerning last Tuesday's debate. We were placed on that occasion in a most peculiar position. The noble Earl the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs quoted a number of documents which he said would be produced, and I thought, of course, that we should receive copies either yesterday or this morning. However, we have not received them, and we are still wholly ignorant of what has passed between the Government and Admiral Hewett and General Gordon. Now, this is a most unfair proceeding both to your Lordships' House and the House of Commons. Of course, I do not know what the explanation may be of the delay in the printing of the documents in question; but we know what facilities there are for printing documents at the Foreign Office and in other Public Departments. Owing to the absence of the noble Earl (Earl Granville), I cannot ask the Question now; but I beg to give Notice that to-morrow I shall ask the noble Earl to read to us all the documents which have not been printed, and to give us the particulars of every one of the telegrams to which he referred in his speech.