HC Deb 07 March 1898 vol 54 cc850-1
SIR U. KAY-SHUTTLEWORTH (Lancs., N.E., Clitheroe)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty with reference to the announcement that the Navy Estimates will be taken on Thursday and Friday, when the Navy Estimates will be in the hands of Members; when, also, we shall have the First Lord's printed statement; and whether it is intended to take the discussion on the statement of the right hon. Gentleman and the Estimates this week?


I hope that the Navy Estimates will be in the hands of Members on Wednesday, but I am not in a position to actually guarantee it; and I say certainly that my own statement will be ready on the same day. What I should propose to do is to move the Speaker out of the Chair on Thursday and to proceed with the discussion of the Estimates on Friday. I do not know whether that will be convenient to the right hon. Gentleman.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make his statement to the Speaker in the Chair, or after the Motion that the Speaker leave the Chair has been agreed to? I would venture to suggest that if the Estimates are not in the hands of hon. Members on Wednesday, it would be scarcely possible to discuss them either on Thursday or Friday.

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