HC Deb 29 March 1870 vol 200 cc831-2

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, with reference to his statement that Admiral Sir Spencer Robinson did not consent, as a Lord of the Admiralty, to the new scheme of Naval retirement, Whether Sir Sydney Dacres was consulted in the preparation of that scheme; and, if so, whether he approved of all its provisions?


Sir, in reference to the first part of the Question, the hon. Gentleman has not quite correctly represented what I said. I did not state that Sir Spencer Robinson did not consent to the scheme; but that in regard to certain particulars, which I enumerated, he differed from me, while he entirely approved of the greater part. As to the second part of the Question, I am authorized by my gallant Colleague, Sir Sydney Dacres, to say that he entirely and heartily approves of the scheme in all its details.