HC Deb 25 May 1880 vol 252 cc428-9

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the proposed inquiry with reference to the loss of the "Atalanta" is to be of a departmental character, conducted by the Admiralty officials; and, if so, whether, for the satisfaction of the public, the Government will appoint a Commission of Inquiry independent of the Admiralty, so as to ensure a public and thoroughly impartial investigation of the facts connected with that disaster?


I stated in reply to a Question yesterday what will be the constitution of the Committee of Inquiry on the Atalanta; and I am not able to give any other reply to-day. It is true that in the interval I have received letters from two Members of the House, complaining of the constitution of the Committee; but I have no reason to believe that the Committee has not given general satisfaction. Lord North-brook, therefore, is not prepared to alter its constitution.


asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether he will give the House an opportunity of discussing the constitution of the Committee appointed to inquire into the loss of the "Atalanta?"


I believe that the instructions to be given to the Com- mittee will not be completed before the 8th of June; and I hope, between this time and that date, the hon. Member will find no difficulty in bringing forward the subject which he desires to present to the notice of the House. Supply will be taken on Thursday, and also on Friday; but the Government cannot undertake to put aside their Business for the purpose of enabling the hon. Member to bring on his Motion.


gave Notice that he would call attention to the subject upon going into Supply on Thursday.