HC Deb 26 April 1877 vol 233 c1946

asked the Secretary of the Admiralty, in the absence of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether Hobart Pacha, the present Commander in Chief of the Turkish naval armaments, still retains in Her Majesty's Navy the Commission restored to him by an Order in Council of the 28th day of November 1874, after he had forfeited the same by breach of discipline; and, if it be the case that Hobart Pacha has been permitted to retain in Her Majesty's Service the rank thus restored to him by an act of special grace, then to ask if it be the intention of Her Majesty's Government, in view of the grave aspect of political relations in the Turkish Empire, to intimate to Hobart Pacha, that, in the event of hostilities ensuing between Turkey and Russia, he will not be permitted any longer to combine the character of an officer licensed to hold Her Majesty's Commission, and of an Admiral in command of armaments engaged in active operations against a state with which Her Majesty is on friendly relations?


In answer to the Question of the hon. Member for Oxford-shire, I have to inform him that Hobart Pacha is still, at this moment, a captain on the Retired List of the Royal Navy. An intimation has been sent to him to the effect mentioned in the Question of the hon. Member.