§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he will so amend the terms of reference to the new Royal Commission as to include the Diplomatic and Consular Services within the purview of its inquiry?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Lord RANDOLPH CHURCHILL) (Paddington, S.)
If it had not been for the Question of the hon. Member, I should never have supposed that the Foreign Office, with all its appurtenances, was not included within the scope of the inquiries of the proposed Royal Commission; but, as the hon. Member has doubts on the subject, and as similar doubts have been expressed in the newspapers concerning it, I propose to amend the Reference to the Royal Commission by inserting the words, "at home and abroad." That, I think, will meet the objection of the hon. Member.