HC Deb 15 August 1882 vol 273 cc1834-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he can state the particulars and items of the amount of £10,539,545, mentioned in Sir Stephen Cave's Report (Blue Book 1425, of 1876, page 8) as having been spent in "extraordinary expenses, some of questionable utility, and others under pressure of interested parties;" and, if he can inform Parliament who these "interested parties" above-mentioned were?


I must give the hon. Member the same answer which I returned to a Question he asked me yesterday—namely, that it is not advisable that Her Majesty's Government should make statements in regard to matters on which they have no infor- mation that is not in the possession of this House and the public.