HC Deb 16 April 1863 vol 170 c198

said, he rose to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he will lay upon the table of the House the Plans and Estimate for the new dock at Malta, with the opinions expressed by Vice Admiral Sir W. Martin and Rear Admiral Codrington, as to the advantage or disadvantage of the site selected; and any other official Correspondence bearing on the subject, including all plans of a proposed dock in the French Creek, forwarded to the Admiralty by Admiral Codrington?


replied, that the Estimate for the cost of the dock at Malta was already on the table of the House. The Plans were in preparation; and when ready, he would be very happy to lay them also on the table. For the same reasons, however, as expressed in his former answer, he thought he ought not to lay on the table of the House the opinions of the gallant Admirals, and the official correspondence which had taken place on this subject between the Admiralty and its own subordinate officers.