HC Deb 27 January 1902 vol 101 cc953-4
MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)

Perhaps the House will allow me for a moment to make a brief personal explanation. The hon. Member for North Hampshire adopted, I think a somewhat unusual course on Friday in putting a Question to a private Member. I left London on Thursday, a fact perfectly well known to the Whips, and only received his letter advising me of his intention on Saturday morning, when it was too late to take action. I hope, therefore, the House will acquit me of any discourtesy. With regard to the Amendment standing in my name, many hon. Members who feel strongly the injustice done to General Buller consider that a less directly party occasion should be chosen than by raising the question on the Address, and will take steps to challenge directly the action of the Secretary of State for War at the earliest opportunity. The House may rest assured that the subject will not be allowed to drop.