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Navy—The Engineer Service

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 4 May 1876

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Question

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether the Report of the Commission appointed by the Admiralty to inquire into the question of Engineering the Royal Navy, and also into a scheme of promotion and retirement, has been made; if so, whether said Report can now be laid upon the Table of the House, and what action is to be taken thereon?

in reply, said, such a Report had been made by a Committee departmentally appointed by the Admiralty. That Report was under consideration, and it was impossible that any decision should be speedily come to upon it. It would be premature to lay the Report at present before the House.

United States—The Winslow Extradition Case—Questions

asked Mr. Attorney General, If it be correct that the United States Government has protested against the action of the British Government regarding the extradition of the prisoner Winslow; and, if so, whether the demands of the former Government are in harmony with or contrary to the provisions of the Treaties of 1842 and 1870 between the two Countries; and, further, what steps he intends to advise Her Majesty's Government to adopt for the purpose of upholding or altering existing Treaties?

in reply, said, the Papers relating to the subject were being printed, and would be presented to Parliament as soon as the Correspondence was completed. The whole case would be found detailed in the Papers, and he trusted that, under the circumstances, the hon. Member would not press him to make any further statements.

asked, Whether the hon. and learned Gentleman would answer the latter part of the Question?

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it is true, as reported, that Winslow and other American citizens, now held under the Extradition Treaty, are to be released; and, whether he can lay upon the Table of the House the Correspondence with the Government of the United States on the subject?

in reply, said, it would be recollected that the Home Secretary a few days ago had answered a similar Question, and the Papers upon the subject would be produced in a few days. At present he could add nothing to the statement of his right hon. Friend.