§ SIR EDWARD WATKIN (Hythe)
asked the Secretary of State for War, If his attention has been called to an article in The Admiralty and Horse Guards Gazette, of Saturday, May 29th, headed "The Ordnance Department;" and, if so, what steps he proposes to take in reference to the grave, personal, and other charges therein made?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN)&c.) (Stirling,
Sir, the hon. Gentleman's Question has been the means of calling my attention to the article to which he refers. Having read the article I do not propose to take any steps in reference to it. It contains wild and vague charges of gross corruption against officers in the Public Service, the exaggerated and preposterous nature of which charges conveys their own refutation.