HC Deb 05 March 1860 vol 156 cc2220-1

said, he wished to ask the Secretary for War whether the Committee has yet reported, which he stated last Session to be sitting, on the subject of the Expenditure from the British Treasury on the Military Defences of the Colonies, and on the principle on which such expenses ought to be apportioned between the Imperial and Colonial Treasuries, and on the best mode of carrying out such apportionment; and, if they have made their Report, whether he will present it to the House?


, in reply, said that the Committee on this subject had been appointed before he came into office. They had made their Report, but he had consulted his noble Friend the Secretary for the Colonies as to its production, and his noble Friend was of opinion that for the present there was an objection to its being laid upon the Table; it being, in fact, a confidential Report to that Department.