HL Deb 23 June 1904 vol 136 cc966-7

, who had given notice "To call attention to the Report of the Royal Commission on the Militia and Volunteers," said: Since arriving in the House I have received an intimation from the Duke of Norfolk that he is unable to be present. As it seems to me most desirable that the noble Duke should be present to defend his Report in person, I have put down my Motion for Monday, as I understand that will better suit the convenience of the House. There are a number of noble Lords who desire to speak on it.


I do not know that we can accept the doctrine that attention is never to be drawn to a Report of a Committee or Commission unless the Chairman of that Committee or Commission is present to defend it. That strikes me as rather an unusual view. But, of course, if the noble Lord desires to put off his Motion, that is another thing.