§ CAPTAIN BEDFORD PIM
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If he will state to the House by what authority Rear Admiral Randolph, C.B., command- 297 ing the Flying Squadron, then cruising in the Mediterranean, ordered a Court Martial on the Captains of Her Majesty's Ships "Narcissus" and "Endymion;" and if he obtained the sanction and concurrence of the Commander-in-Chief on the station; who framed the only charge on which Bear Admiral Randolph himself has just been tried by Court Martial, viz., for that he the said Rear Admiral in command of Her Majesty's Ships did on the night of the 10th May, 1874, negligently hazard the said Ships, &c.; and, whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the Minutes of both Court Martials?
§ MR. HUNT
Sir, Admiral Randolph ordered the Courts Martial by authority of a warrant which he held from the Lords of the Admiralty: he did not obtain the sanction and concurrence of the Commander-in-Chief on the station. The charge on which Admiral Randolph was tried was framed by order of the Board of Admiralty. If the hon. Member will move for the Minutes of the Courts Martial they shall be laid on the Table.