HC Deb 03 April 1871 vol 205 cc1049-50

asked, Whether the First Lord of the Admiralty will lay upon the Table of the House the Evidence taken before the Committee on Designs of Ships of War?


said, he hoped the right hon. Gentleman would permit him to reserve the decision of the Government on this matter until the Committee had completed its labours, and they were able to form an opinion as to how much of the evidence, if any, ought to be treated as confidential. Of course, there would be every desire to give publicity to as much of the evidence as was compatible with the interests of the public service. He could not, at present, tell how many witnesses would be examined.