HC Deb 09 March 1899 vol 68 c305

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can explain how it is that "The Times" has been enabled to make some important statements as regards the Navy Estimates which are not known by Members of this House?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr G. J. GOSCHEN, St. George's,) Hanover Square

I have absolutely no idea how "The Times" could have got any information whatever. Absolute secrecy has been preserved with regard to every newspaper and every individual. I can give a guarantee for the truth of that assertion.