§ MR. EDMUND ROBERTSON (Dundee)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty why the circulation of the Navy Estimates, presented a week ago, has been so long delayed; and when the substituted Supplementary Estimates will be circulated; may I also ask when it is proposed to take the Navy Estimates?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S.
The Navy Estimates for 1899–1900 are still in the hands of the printers, and will not be ready for some days. The substituted Supplementary Estimate for 1898–99 will be in the hands of Members to-morrow. The First Lord of the Admiralty proposes to ask the House to allow him to make his statement, with the Speaker in the chair, on Thursday, 9th March. The discussion will then be adjourned to allow Members to peruse the Estimates, which will, it is hoped, be circulated that evening.