HC Deb 13 March 1884 vol 285 cc1373-4

Would the noble Lord the Secretary of State for War inform the House, Whether General Graham is still acting under the instructions which the noble Lord stated to the House had been sent to him a short time ago—namely, that he should confine himself to such offensive measures as were necessary for the defence of Suakin; or whether these instructions had been altered or modified?


In reply to the hon. Member for North ampton, I think I may state that the instructions which have been issued to General Graham have not been materially modified. A short time after General Grahams arrival at Suakin from Trinkitat he telegraphed to the Government stating the measures that he and the Admiral recommended to be taken; and we approved of the proposals which they made. I am not certain whether I communicated to the House the exact text of those telegrams; I cannot do so at the present moment, as I have not got them with me; but I should have no objection to answer a Question if the hon. Member puts one on the Paper.