§ MR. ERNEST FLOWER (Bradford, W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will reinstitute the arbitration between the Thames Ironworks Company and the Admiralty, which was withdrawn owing to a misunderstanding, and allow the claims of that Company to be submitted to such arbitration?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. GOSCHEN, St. George's, Hanover Square)
No, Sir. Such a resuscitation is out of the question.
§ SIR E. ASHMEAD - BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
asked whether it was not the fact that the Thames Ironworks Company withdrew from the arbitration in consequence of a misunderstanding
§ MR. FLOWER
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman would consent to see the chairman of the Thames Ironworks Company with the view to arriving at a friendly understanding?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
I cannot undertake to do that. An opportunity has been afforded more than once for reinstituting the arbitration, hut the Company did not avail themselves of it. I can now only regard the matter as settled.