HC Deb 08 March 1872 vol 209 c1647

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, When the evidence taken before the Royal Commission of Inquiry upon the "Megæra" will be placed in the hands of Members?


said, he believed it would still be a week or more before the evidence, which was very voluminous, could be in the hands of Members. The matter, however, rested with the Commissioners, not with the Admiralty. He trusted that, under these circumstances, he should not be pressed to delay the Navy Estimates, for it was of the utmost importance that they should be proceeded with as early as possible. He would take care not to introduce controversial matters relating to the administration of the Admiralty and dockyards until the evidence had been printed; but he trusted that he might be allowed to enter upon the question of shipbuilding, the Vote for Men and Boys, and other matters not connected with the Commissioners' Report.