HC Deb 28 April 1884 vol 287 cc752-3

asked, Whether it was the intention of the Government to move a Vote of Thanks to Admiral Hewett, General Graham, and the Officers under their command for the recent operations in the Soudan?


My right hon. Friend stated, a short time ago, that this subject would be considered by the Government in connection with that of the rewards or honours which might be conferred upon the officers and men who took part in the operations in the Soudan. This part of the Question is now under the consideration of the First Lord of the Admiralty and myself; and as soon as we have come to a conclusion as to the steps to be taken—and we hope to come to a conclusion shortly—we will communicate our intentions to the House.


The noble Marquess does not say whether the Government intend to move a Vote of Thanks or not. I would remind him that there is nothing in the Standing Orders of the House to prevent a private Member doing it; and also that a Vote of Thanks takes precedence of any other Motion. If the noble Marquess will not state positively to-night whether he intends to move a Vote of Thanks, I beg to give Notice that I shall do so myself.