§ MR. CREMER (Shoreditch, Haggerston)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can inform the House when the Despatches relating to Manipur will be printed and circulated? I beg, at the same time, to say that the form in which my question appears differs somewhat from the form in which I handed it in at the Table. In the form in which I gave notice, as the right hon. Gentleman will recollect, I proposed to ask him not merely when the Papers would be distributed, but, what is of equal or greater importance, why a delay of 10 days has occurred in the printing of Papers which an ordinary printer would dispose of in 24 hours?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
I have been informed that the delay in the printing office has occurred in consequence of the receipt of a telegram and a fresh Despatch from the Government of India on Monday containing numerous enclosures, which had to be added to those previously delivered. A complete file was sent to the printer on Tuesday, and fresh proofs had to be revised. The whole of the Papers are now practically ready, and some copies have been sent to the Vote Office this afternoon.