HL Deb 16 March 1896 vol 38 c965

Before we proceed with the business on the Paper, I must say on behalf of those who are with me, that we came here to-night rather hoping that a statement would be made in this House similar to that which I understand is to be made in the other. I know the respect with which Her Majesty's present Government are anxious to treat this House, and I think they would be failing in that respect if they were not to make a concurrent declaration of policy. I fail to see the noble Lord, the Foreign Secretary, in his place, and I must confess that failure is attended, in my case at any rate, with some disappointment. ["Hear, hear?"]