HC Deb 07 July 1879 vol 247 cc1725-6

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, seeing that hay, if sound and properly stored, will keep sound for much more than one year, If he has caused any investigation to be made in order to find out who is to blame either for careless buying or care- less storing of the parcel of Dutch hay through which public money has been squandered; and, if he will lay upon the Table a Return showing the detail of the transaction, cost, expenses, realization, and loss?


, in reply, said, this hay was purchased by the late Director of Navy Contracts, and the damage it sustained was not attributable to careless storing, but to its having been wetted in transit. The Return asked for would be presented as soon as the accounts had been closed.