asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is true that considerable expense has been and is being incurred in the preparation of one or more of Her Majesty's ships for the visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to India; and, whether that expense has been provided for out of the votes; and, if not, when it is likely that the House will be furnished with information on the subject?
§ MR. HUNT
, in reply, said, that some estimates had been made for preparing the Serapis for the use of His Royal Highness, but they had not been submitted in detail and had received no sanction. Some preliminary insignificant expenses had been incurred. There was no provision in the Estimates for such outlay; but at present the matter was not sufficiently ripe for the attention of the House, and he was unable to say on what day the attention of the House would be called to it.