HC Deb 13 May 1867 vol 187 cc394-5

said, he wished to ask the Vice President of the Board of Trade, Whether he will place upon the table of the House all the Correspondence between the Board of Trade and Mr. H. D. Grey, Captain Robertson, or any other person or persons with reference to Mr. H. D. Grey's conduct as engineer surveyor at Liverpool, or his removal from that Port to Plymouth?


, in reply, said, the Correspondence to which the hon. Member referred related to an unfortunate misunderstanding which had taken place between two officers connected with the Board of Trade. The matter had now been settled, and he did not think the publication of the details would be for the advantage either of the parties concerned, or of the public service. As long as human nature remained what it was these disagreeable episodes would from time to time occur in the best regulated departments. The noble Duke the President of the Board of Trade and himself were most anxious to smooth down asperities, and make the Department work easily; but their difficulties would be enormously increased in such cases by the publication of documents, which must tend to keep open, and even widen, any breach which might have occurred.