HC Deb 02 July 1877 vol 235 cc601-2

said, he wished to give Notice that on Thursday next he would ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exche- quer, Whether, many months ago, the draft Warrant for Army Promotion and Retirement has not been submitted to the Treasury; whether there had not been great delay in bringing it before the House of Commons; and, whether there was any probability of its being laid upon the Table at an early date?


Sir, I think I can answer the Question generally at once. It is true that the draft Warrant was sent in to the Treasury some considerable time ago, and that it has been under the careful consideration of the Treasury; but it is a matter that involves a good, deal of expense, not so much at the present moment perhaps as in future years, and, therefore, it is the duty of the Treasury very carefully to examine the proposals, but we have been examining them without any unnecessary delay, and we hope before very long to come to an agreement with my right hon. Friend, and in time for the Warrant to be laid before Parliament before the close of the Session.