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Question

Volume 203: debated on Monday 1 August 1870

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said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he will give the House an opportunity of expressing its opinion on Major Crossman's estimate of the cost of rebuilding and refitting the Embassy at Pera, before the Government allow contracts to be entered into for so large an expenditure?

said, in reply, that, though Her Majesty's Government could not lay estimates on the Table of the House, they would not, considering the largeness of the amount involved in the question, enter into any contract till the House had had an opportunity of expressing its opinion.