HC Deb 23 May 1865 vol 179 c744

said, he wished to ask the noble Lord at the head of the Government, Whether he had taken into his favourable consideration the division of yesterday? His own experience in the House, no doubt, would have shown the noble Lord that had the division been taken on the merits of the case the majority would have been on the other side. Under the circumstances the noble Lord must see that the feeling of the House was in favour of delay, and he hoped, therefore, that the noble Lord's well-known urbanity and skill in throwing oil on the troubled waters of dissension would lead him to promise that further consideration should be given to this case.


The only answer I can give to the hon. Member is that it appears to me it would be totally and fatally subversive of the discipline of the army if the Commander-in-Chief were not to be allowed to use his discretion as to who should and who should not be considered fit to command a regiment in the service. That principle being admitted—indeed, I think it incontrovertible—it has not been the duty of the Government to take any step in consequences of the discussion of yesterday. As for the division, I do not think the hon. Member has much to congratulate himself on in respect to it.