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Volume 203: debated on Thursday 14 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, having regard to the desire generally expressed in Ireland that there should be a Royal residence in that Country, Her Majesty's Government will propose to Parliament this Session a grant to purchase a suitable residence there for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales?

Sir, Her Majesty's Government have upon a former occasion—I think more than once—conveyed to the House that they are very sensible of the importance of the question of the personal relations between the Royal Family and Ireland. They still remain sensible of the importance of that question, and it will not escape their attention at what they may think the proper time. We do not intend, therefore, to make any proposal to Parliament during the present Session of the nature stated by my hon. Friend.