HC Deb 22 July 1887 vol 317 c1772
MR. J. ELLIS (Leicestershire, Bosworth)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether there is any truth in the widespread rumour that the noble Marquess the Member for Eossendale (the Marquess of Hartington) has been sent for by the Queen in reference to proposed changes in the Ministry?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

I can only say in reply to the hon. Member that I have heard of it for the first time from the lips of the hon. Member. If it is serious and circumstantial, it would be imprudent on my part to deny it. I can only say it has reached me with great surprise.