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Volume 203: debated on Monday 11 July 1870

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said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he will lay upon, the Table of the House Copy of those parts of Sir Thomas Symonds's Reports which relate to the performance of Her Majesty's ships "Inconstant" and "Volage?"

In answer, Sir, to the right hon. Gentleman, I have to state that Sir Thomas Symonds's Reports with reference to the Inconstant and Volage are included in the Reports on the Monarch and Captain, which, we have already agreed to lay upon the Table. Let me remind the right hon. Gentleman, however, that if for the future it is to be understood that such Reports are always to be produced, officers will naturally write for the information not of the Admiralty, but of the House of Commons.