HC Deb 12 February 1880 vol 250 c513

asked the Secretary of State for War, When the Report of the War Office Special Committee upon Short Service and Recruiting, of which Lord Airey is Chairman, may be expected to be presented; and, whether he will lay that Report upon the Table of the House in sufficient time to allow of its being fully considered by Members before the discussion on the Army Estimates?


in reply, said, the Report of the Committee, of which Lord Airey was Chairman, had not yet been received. The Committee were still considering their Report; and, although they had given the most assiduous attention to it, it had not been yet sent in to the authorities. It was necessary to take a Vote of the number of men before the Mutiny Bill was brought in, and he could not promise to postpone the Estimates indefinitely.