§ MAJOR NOLAN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If the order forwarded to detach a squadron towards Constantinople was of a character sufficiently stringent to relieve the Admiral commanding the Mediterranean Fleet from responsibility should the squadron's line of retreat be seriously threatened?
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
Mr. Speaker, the orders which have been forwarded to the Admiral commanding the Fleet in the Mediterranean are of a clear and 1535 distinct character. They have been sent upon the responsibility of the Government; and it would be extremely inconvenient and inconsistent with my duty, at the present moment, to state the nature of the orders.