HC Deb 14 November 1912 vol 43 cc2088-9

I desire in a few words, Mr. Speaker, to give something in the nature of a personal explanation of an incident which occurred after the Adjournment of the House last night. You, Sir, had left the Chair, and the Mace had been removed, but a considerable number of Members remained in the House. Political feeling was very high, and taunts were exchanged between Members upon both sides of the House. Under the influence of a momentary loss of self-control, I regret to say that I discharged a missile which struck the First Lord of the Admiralty. As soon as the heat of the moment had passed, I fully realised my action was entirely reprehensible, and returned to the House at a later hour, and, with the assistance of the President of the Local Government Board, I endeavoured to find the First Lord, in order that I might express to him my regret, and ask his pardon. I was unsuccessful in finding him, and I am anxious to take this, the first opportunity, of saying how extremely I regret having lost my temper, and of tendering to the right hon. Gentleman and to the House a full and unreserved apology.

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Churchill)

I thank the hon. Gentleman for what he has said. I can assure him I have not, nor had I at any time, any personal feeling in the matter, and if I had any personal feeling, the observations ho has thought proper to address to the House would have effectually removed it.