§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
I wish to ask the noble Earl the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs a Question of which I have not been able to give him Notice, as I have only just been 623 informed of the circumstances. It is rumoured in London that the Fleet, or a large portion of it, has been withdrawn from Alexandria. If it has, or if it has not, it would be well, I think, that the fact should be published; and I shall be glad if the noble Earl will state whether it is so or not?
§ EARL GRANVILLE
As a matter of fact, I am entirely in ignorance that any portion of the Fleet has been removed. Indeed, I am quite sure that it is not the case.