HC Deb 17 June 1907 vol 176 cc149-50
MR. PIKE PEASE (Darlington)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can now state the names of the Colonial stations upon which £10,000 is to be spent during 1907–8 for adapting the defences to modern requirements; what is the estimated outlay upon each of such stations; and what further expenditure will probably be required to complete the work.

I beg also to ask the Secretary of State for War what are the items composing the sum of £50,000 to be expended during the present financial year on adapting the defences of various home stations to modern requirements; and what are the particular stations involved.


It would not be expedient or in the interests of imperial defence to make public the information which the hon. Member requires.

LORD BALCARRES (Lancashire, Chorley)

asked if there was anything confidential in the amount of money spent, seeing that it was ascertainable from the Votes.


It is not a question of amount, but rather one of distribution and policy with regard to which the inexpediency comes in.


Are we not to be allowed to know the amount of money spent at Malta and Gibraltar?


I am rather surprised the noble Lord should press me after what I have said.