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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 7 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If it is in contemplation by the Government to give any sum, and if so, what sum, towards "the general subscription for the relief of national distress" at Constantinople in consequence of the disastrous fire; and, whether the Government intend to reimburse the ambassador, attaches, officials, and private servants for all their losses incurred by endeavouring to save the property of the Embassy to the neglect of their own?

replied, that the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs had sent £750 to Sir Henry Elliott for the immediate relief of British subjects who had suffered from this great calamity; and, with regard to the latter part of the Question of the hon. Member, the Government would endeavour to do their duty, according to precedent and justice, when proper cases were brought before them. Meanwhile, they could not be accused of laches until the facts were known. As to the general subscription he had heard nothing about it, and he declined to give an answer with reference to it. It appeared to him, considering who were the men who would subscribe, this was a matter for the wealthy, rather than for the Government.