§ MR. RUSSELL GURNEY (for Lord GEORGE HAMILTON)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it was by Admiralty Order that the Captain of Her Majesty's Ship "Aurora" had called upon the officers of that ship to state whether they had communicated to the newspapers any statements as to the ship having dry rot in her timbers, or whether such an order has been issued on the sole authority of the Captain; and, if an order of such a character is in accordance with the usages of the service?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
, in reply, said, that a little reflection would have assured the noble Lord. It was highly improbable such an order was issued, and as a matter of fact no such order was issued by the Admiralty, either by himself or by his authority, or by any one else's. Had such an order been issued it would have been contrary to the usages of the service. The captain had been required to make a report with regard to certain allegations made in the newspapers, but nothing further.