HC Deb 02 June 1893 vol 13 cc46-7
SIR ELLIS ASHMEAD-BART-LETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state the number of Russian men-of-war in the Black Sea, including the ships building, with the probable dates of their completion?


The information will be found in Durrasier and Valentino's Aide Memoir, Lord Brussels Annual, and the Austrian Marine Almanac.


I think it is very unusual for an hon. Gentleman, in answering a question, to refer the hon. Member putting it to books with which he may not be acquainted; and I beg, therefore, to give notice that I shall repeat the question on Monday, expecting to receive from him an answer of the kind usually given in reply to such questions.


I can assure the hon. Member that no discourtesy whatever to him was intended; but it is not thought desirable to make these specific statements as to the number of ships of any Foreign Power in any particular part of Europe; and as the information can be obtained in other quarters I thought it better to refer the hon. Gentleman to these books.