§ SIR W. BARTTELOT (Sussex, North-West)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury when he will be able to fix a day for the discussion of Lord Wantage's Committee's Report on the terms and conditions of Service in the Army?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
Had my hon. Friend put this question yesterday, I should have said definitely that this discussion would take place without fail before Whitsuntide, and even now I should be prepared 189 to find a day for the discussion; but I regret to say that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War (Mr. E. Stanhope) is indisposed, and cannot I fear, for some weeks, be in his place in the House. I still hope, however, that he will be able to be here some day before Whitsuntide, and in that case I should fix the discussion in accordance with the original understanding. If, unfortunately, he cannot be here before Whitsuntide, I will choose the earliest possible day afterwards.