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Turkey—The Eastern Question—The Papers—Question

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1876

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asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he is able to place upon the Table any further Correspondence between Her Majesty's Government and Foreign Powers on the Eastern Question?

In answer to the Question of my hon. and gallant Friend I have to say that Her Majesty's Government are very anxious to lay upon the Table of the House any further Correspondence on the Eastern Question at the earliest possible moment that is consistent with the public interest; but at the present time they cannot think it would be expedient to lay such Correspondence before Parliament. Perhaps, as I have received several private Notices of Questions from hon. Members with respect to the news which has arrived in this country with regard to the Throne of Turkey, I may take this opportunity of stating that I have received a copy of a telegram received by the Turkish Ambassador in London, and a telegram from Her Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople, stating that the Sultan Abdul Aziz has been dethroned, and that his nephew and heir, Mohammed Murad, has succeeded to the Throne. No particulars have as yet reached Her Majesty's Government, except that there are no disturbances at Constantinople. We have also received intelligence from Salonica that the new Sultan was publicly proclaimed there this morning, and that the announcement was received with general approbation.