HL Deb 25 May 1903 vol 122 cc1613-4

My Lords, in Earl Grey's absence I beg to put the Question standing in his name, viz:—" To ask His Majesty's Government whether it is proposed to give effect to the recommendations of the Committee appointed to consider the existing conditions under which canteens and regimental institutes are conducted."


My Lords, I had hoped to have been in a position this afternoon to have given the noble Earl a full statement as to the course that the Secretary of State proposes to adopt with regard to the Report in question. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to make that statement this afternoon, and I hope the noble Earl will understand that the reason I am not able to do so, is simply that the Report to which he refers was not an unanimous Report. The Secretary of State has had to give very serious consideration to the recommendations contained in the Majority Report, and also to those contained in the Minority Report. It is intended, in the course of the next few weeks, to issue regulations regarding the future management of canteens. I need hardly say that this is a question that very

me that His Majesty's Government have acknowledged the fact that it is exceedingly dangerous that these deck cargoes should be carried, and I think some steps ought to be taken to prevent legislation which has been passed by Parliament being absolutely ignored in the way described.

On Question, their Lordshipsdivided:— Contents, 4; Not-contents, 18.

Zetland, M, Chaworth, L. (E. Meath.)[Teller.] Muskerry, L. [Teller.]
Romney, E
Halsbury, E. (L. Chancellor.) Morley, E. Cheylesmore, L.
Devonshire, D. (L. President.) Rosse, E. Clifford of Chudleigh, L.
Denbigh, E. Waldegrave, E. [Teller.] Heneage, L.
Hardwicke, E. Churchill, V. [Teller.] Lawrence, L.
Lytton, E. Belhaven and Stenton, L. Windsor, L.
Mansfield, E. Belper, L. Wolverton, L.

closely affects the daily life of the soldier, and if we have taken a considerable time come to a decision in this matter it is because we wish to provide that the new regulations will give satisfaction to he Army generally. I hope that in he circumstances my noble friend will give me the opportunity of making a Statement after Whitsuntide, which I hall be very pleased to do.