HL Deb 01 July 1890 vol 346 cc449-50

In the absence of my noble Friend Lord Sudeley I have to move for correspondence between Flag Officers (including Rear-Admiral Colomb) and the Admiralty relating to flashing signals between 1st January, 1887, and the present date.


I am sorry to have to state that I am not prepared to accede to the Motion as it stands on the Paper. It asks for certain correspondence between Naval Officers and the Admiralty from the 1st January, 1887, down to the present time. As that is obviously but a small portion of the correspondence it would, being incomplete, give an erroneous idea of what the effect of the correspondence was. If my Friend is prepared to move for the whole correspondence from 1867 there would be no objection to give that Return.


As my noble Friend is prepared to do that, I propose to amend the notice in that way.