HL Deb 20 February 1885 vol 294 c905

said, he wished to give Notice of a Question which he would put to the Government on Monday. The British Force now in the Soudan was, in military phrase, in the air, or without a base, and was consequently in some possible danger. He would therefore ask, Whether it was part of the original plan of campaign of Lord Wolseley that a force should be sent to Suakin to co-operate with his force coming up the Nile; and, whether, in the summer of last year, a requisition was sent by Lord Wolseley to the Government, asking that troops should be sent to Suakin forthwith to co-operate with and form a base for his force on the Nile?