HC Deb 26 June 1857 vol 146 cc445-6

said, he hoped that the House would not regard him as too fastidious if he should make some remarks upon the review that took place that morning in Hyde Park, He saw the Artillery, the Cavalry, the Guards, the Line, and the Marines well represented at the review, but the Navy of the greatest maritime Power in the world was represented by the First Lord of the Admiralty and about fifty sailors. He spoke more in sorrow than in anger when he said that that was not a fair treatment of our brave sailors; and he hoped that if ever such a review again took place, the Admiralty would endeavour to bring up as many sailors as they could possibly bring together. We must be badly off, indeed, if at least 1,000 or 1,500 seamen could not be collected. Instead of presenting themselves in their blue jackets and trousers they ought to come forward armed with their light guns, and pass before the Queen, as other branches of the service. He believed that during the late war our sailors did their duty as well as anybody else, and especially at Sebastopol, where they were exposed to the greatest danger and labour and suffering in the trenches; and if war should break out again, they would again be ready to do their duty. On such a review, therefore, as had taken place that day, proper respect, he considered, ought to be shown by the authorities to the British Navy. There were some boys from the Military School at Chelsea, but there were no boys to represent the Navy that day in Hyde Park; and, in fact, it was the poorest display that he had ever seen in his life, as far as the Navy was concerned.


said, he thought that the right hon. Baronet the First Commissioner of Works was entitled to great praise for the admirable arrange- ments which he had made in so short a time to enable the public to witness the scene at Hyde Park that day.