§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
asked the Secretary of State for War, 915 Whether any progress has been made with the provision of the works and armaments for the defence of our coaling stations abroad; and, when an Estimate for the purpose will be submitted to Parliament?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
Some progress has been made with the works at Aden and Hong Kong, and in the production of the armaments for those works generally. For this purpose a sum of £35,000 will be taken in the Supplementary Estimates for 1884–5, which will be laid on the Table in the course of a few days. The money required in the next financial year will be included in the Army Estimates for 1885–6, which were laid on the Table of the House last night. The Corrospondence, which will also be laid on the Table, will show the alteration in the figures for the works.