HC Deb 11 February 1887 vol 310 cc1240-1
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

asked the Secretary of State for War, with reference to a statement made in the other House by the Under Secretary, Where the Committee to be appointed to consider the subject of defective weapons would hold its sittings; whether evidence would be taken in public; and, whether it was intended to place any Members of that House upon the Committee, in order to insure independent inquiry?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

If my hon. Friend will not accept my assurance twice publicly made in this House, which constitutes a pledge from the responsible Minister to the House, that I contemplate an inquiry absolutely independent of the War Office, I can give him no other. With respect to the expression used by my noble Friend the Under Secretary of State for War (Lord Harris) in "another place," I would say that I hope the Committee will conduct their inquiry in any place whatever calculated to assist their objects.