HL Deb 23 February 1885 vol 294 c1002

I beg to give Notice that I propose on Thursday to move the following Resolution:— That this House, having taken into consideration the statements that have been made on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, is of opinion that—(1.) The deplorable failure of the Soudan expedition to attain its object has been due to the undecided councils of the Government and to the culpable delay attending the commencement of operations; (2.) That the policy of abandoning the whole of the Soudan after the conclusion of military operations will be dangerous to Egypt and inconsistent with the interests of the Empire.


I beg to give Notice that on Thursday I shall move an Amendment to the Motion of the noble Marquess, to leave out all the words after "That" to the end of the Question, in order to insert the words— An humble Address be presented to the Queen, humbly representing to Her Majesty that the course pursued by Her Majesty's Government in respect to the affairs in Egypt and the Soudan has involved a great sacrifice of valuable lives and a heavy expenditure without any beneficial result, and has rendered it imperatively necessary in the interests of the British Empire and of the Egyptian people that Her Majesty's Government should not employ the British forces to occupy the Soudan or to pre vent the exercise by the Egyptian people of their right to select their own government.