HC Deb 10 August 1866 vol 184 cc2164-5

said, he desired to offer a word of explanation in answer to the remarks of the right hon. Baronet the First Lord of the Admiralty, who, in substance, had accused him of acting in a manner unbecoming a Member of Parliament, in not laying the information obtained by his secretary before the Admiralty prior to his having made a statement upon the subject to the House. It was his wish that every fact, or supposed fact, which he intended to submit to the House should first of all be laid before the Admiralty, and he therefore, he believed, had just cause to complain of the remarks of the right hon. Baronet, which were calculated to affect his character, not only for accuracy, but also for fairness. The door of Somerset House was, so to speak, shut in the face of his secretary, and access to the books was denied him, as soon, he supposed, as it was found that the knowledge which he was likely to gain would be unpleasant. Besides, he had offered to submit to the Admiralty every fact which he intended to lay before the House, and that offer was rejected by the right hon. Gentleman.