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THE

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES,

(AUTHORISED EDITION)

IN THE

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SEVENTH SESSION OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH PARLIAMENT OF

THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
APPOINTED

5 AUGUST, 1886, IN THE FIFTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF

TO

MEET

HER

MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA.

3

THIRD VOLUME OF SESSION 1892.

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noble Marquess can, the first part of the HOUSE OF LORDS, question ; but I would still ask him

whether there is any further informaMonday, 28th March, 1892.

tion beyond that which has appeared which he can give your Lordships

without prejudice to the public interest ? BEHRING SEA SEAL FISHERY,

THE PRIME MINISTER AND SE

CRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN QUESTION-OBSERVATIONS.

AFFAIRS(The Marquess of SALISBURY): ORD HERSCHELL: My Lords, My Lords, the publication which has

before the correspondence appeared been laid upon the Table, and which which has been made public this morn- appeared in the newspapers this morning I had given the noble Marquess, ing, contains all the correspondence the Secretary of State for Foreign right to within 24 hours of the date. Affairs, notice of my intention to when it appeared, and I have absolutely ask him what was the nature and no information later than that period. extent of the modifications of the I feel that there may seem to be some modus vivendi of last Session for curtness if I do not answer the noble regulating the Behring Sea Seal Lord at length ; but I think he will Fishery, now proposed by Her Majesty's appreciate my view that it is better to Government to the Government of let that correspondence speak for itself, the United States, and whether he can and that I should not hazard any comgive your Lordships any further in- mentaries either upon our own producformation upon the subject without tions or upon those of the United prejudice to the public interest? Pro- States. I do not see that any advanbably the correspondence published tage could arise at this stage from a this morning answers, as fully as the discussion of the matter. My Lords,

VOL. III. [NEW (FOURTH) SERIES.] B

I have perhaps deviated from the usual that Her Majesty's Government will course in making an entire disclosure of state what amount of pay to these the correspondence that has passed, officers was agreed upon when the before the negotiation with which it regiment was formed, and what was concerned was concluded ; but it reduction was afterwards made in that became evident that much of it was pay, and whether it was done withbecoming public property on the other out informing the officers. I do side of the water, and I thought that not wish to press anything upon under those circumstances it was only Her Majesty's Government which fair, and tending to promote a due might be inconvenient at this moment appreciation of the questions at issue, to be stated; but I do think that it that we should place the whole of it concerns very much the welfare of this before the Houses of Parliament and corps that some explanation should be before the English public. I really given to them why this reduction was have nothing further to state; but if there made. It may be in the recollection of is anything that the noble Lord does your Lordships that not long ago this not understand, or which I can explain regiment was inspected by His Royal to him, I shall be exceedingly glad to Highness the Commander-in-Chief in do so.

Malta, and that great commendation LORD HERSCHELL: My Lords, of was given with regard to the soldiercourse after what the noble Marquess like bearing of the men and also the has said; unless it were to ask for 'in efficiency which they had shown. I formation upon some point which think therefore, my Lords, it is only appeared obscure, I certainly should due to this corps that some explananot think it desirable to put any ques- tion should be given, and some reason tion with a view of eliciting any further stated to them why Her Majesty's statement. At present no such question Government have thought fit to reduce occurs to me; but I have only had time this pay, and that without their assent to glance somewhat cursorily at the and without their knowing the reason correspondence as yet, and if anything why it has been done. I beg therefore occurs to me I will trouble the noble to ask the noble Lord who represents Marquess with a further question. the War Office in this House whether

any information can be given to your MALTA MILITIA REGIMENT. Lordships which will throw light upon

QUESTIONS. OBSERVATIONS. the subject. *EARL DE LA WARR: My Lords, *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF I wish to call the attention of Her | STATE FOR WAR (Earl BROWNLOW): Majesty's Government to a statement My Lords, I must preface my reply to which, if correct, will seriously affect the noble Earl by explaining to your the present position, and probably the Lordships' House that the service future efficiency, of the Royal Maltese rendered by the Royal Malta Militia Militia. It is stated on good authority, differs in many respects from the serand it has not I believe been contra- vices rendered by any other regiment in dicted, that the pay of the officers of Her Majesty's Service. Their services the Maltese Militia has recently been cannot be compared with those of the considerably reduced. I wish to ask Militia, because they have never yet the noble Lord who represents the been called out for permanent training; War Office in this House whether that, their services are more similar to those is the case, and to ask him to rendered by the Volunteers. But when what extent that has taken place, and one comes to the question of pay it is also whether the reason can without obvious that, as the Volunteers serve inconvenience be stated? My Lords, the country for nothing, it is impossible what seems to increase the weight of to make any comparison in that respect. the blow which this regiment appears I will inform your Lordships what the to have received is that this reduction state of the case is. When it was first was made some time after the forma- proposed to raise the Royal Malta tion of the regiment, without informing Militia it was supposed that their service those whom it will most seriously, would be in every way similar to that affect. I venture therefore to hope of a Militia regiment in this country:

The Marquess of Salisbury

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