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Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1876

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asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will give the House an opportunity for expressing its opinion, by a Vote, upon the propriety of adopting a measure involving so large an expenditure of public money as that which will be necessary to carry into effect the scheme called the "Mobilization of the Forces,"which he laid before the House when moving the Army Estimates for the present year, and which has been published in the official Army List for general information?

in reply, said, he must take exception to the assertion that any great public expenditure would be necessary, as there was nothing of the kind. If the Army Corps were brought up to a war footing such might be the case, but nothing of the kind was intended. As the Mobilization Scheme had been discussed in the House on several occasions, he did not think it necessary for him to adopt the course suggested by his hon. and gallant Friend. Moreover, the hon. and gallant Member for Galway (Captain Nolan) had given Notice of his intention to bring that subject under the discussion of the House, and his hon. and gallant Friend (Sir Alexander Gordon) could take part in that discussion.

I give Notice that I shall ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will give some assistance towards keeping a House on the day the Question is discussed?