HC Deb 01 March 1875 vol 222 cc997-8

asked the First Minister of the Crown, Whether, as various re- ports had got abroad in reference to the matter, he could give the House any information as to the reported resignation by Lord Charles Russell of the office of Sergeant-at-Arms?


Sir, the appointment of Sergeant-at-Arms is in the gift, and entirely in the gift, of Her Majesty the Queen. There is no person, whatever his position, in this House who has any influence whatever in that appointment; but I have been commanded by the Queen to state that, being aware of the strong, not to say unanimous, feeling of the House of Commons on the subject, Her Majesty, as a gracious favour to Her faithful Commons, has been pleased to appoint to the office the gentleman who is at present Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.