§ MR. HENRY SEYMOUR
said, he wished to ask the Secretary of State for India, If he has written a Despatch reviewing the circumstances of the Orissa famine; and, if he will lay it upon the table of the House as soon as it has been prepared; and, as the further Correspondence on the Orissa famine will take three weeks printing, if he could make a selection of the Papers which could be printed in the course of next week?
§ SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE
said, in reply, that he had been in communication with the printer, and he believed that all the most important part of the Correspondence could be in the hands of Members on Monday next. He was desirous as quickly as possible to send out a despatch to India reviewing the Commissioner's Report, because he was aware that it was a matter on which considerable anxiety was felt in India; but those who had looked at the blue books, which formed only a small portion of the voluminous matter he had had had to examine, upon a matter so gravely affecting the personal character of many most distinguished officers at a great distance, would recognize the necessity for a careful examination and consideration of the evidence before any despatch was sent out. He was preparing a despatch on the subject, and hoped to be able, with the consent of the Council, to lay a copy of it on the table in the course of next week.