HC Deb 13 June 1887 vol 315 c1742
MR. HENEAGE (Great Grimsby)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, considering the late period of the Session, and the general dissatisfaction at the composition of the Army and Navy Estimates Committee, the Government will consider the desirability of asking the House to rescind such portion of the Resolution of the 6th of June as refers to the Army Estimates, and to appoint a separate Committee to consider those Estimates whilst the present Committee consider the Navy Estimates?


suggested that the present Committee might consider the Army Estimates, and a new Committee be appointed to deal with the Navy Estimates.

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

In answer to my hon. and gallant Friend, I cannot hold out any hope that a separate Committee to consider Navy Estimates should be appointed. I am not aware of the general dissatisfaction which is stated to exist by the right hon. Member for Great Grimsby; and, looking at the close connection which exists between the Army and Navy, the difficulty of entirely separating the expenditure of the two Services, and also to the heavy calls already made on the time of Members of this House by numerous Committees, I am unable to hold out any hope of separate Committees being appointed, at all events in the course of the present Session.