HC Deb 01 July 1872 vol 212 cc427-8

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether, before the "Glatton" is fired at by Her Majesty's ship "Hotspur," he will lay upon the Table of the House a Programme of the intended experiment, showing what shot and shell are to be fired, and at what angles of the turret they are to be directed?


said, the Government would feel it to be their duty to give full information to the House with regard to this experiment; but he did not think it would be expedient—and it would certainly be contrary to rule—to place beforehand on the Table a programme of the experiments to be performed. Moreover, such a course would appear to pledge the Admiralty that they would be carried out in a certain way, and would interfere with that absolute discretion over the conditions, time, and place of the experiments which the Executive Government were entitled to exercise on such occasions.