said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether it 13 intended that the Channel Fleet should enter Lough Foyle in their cruise of observation along the Northern Coast of Ireland; and whether, consistently with the convenience of the Service, such visit, which would be esteemed most gratifying, and is desired by the citizens of Londonderry, can be accomplished?
§ LORD CLARENCE PAGET
said, he was afraid he could not give any assurance that the Channel Fleet would visit Lough Foyle. It was very gratifying, however, to the Admiralty to know that the inhabitants of that neighbourhood were very anxious for the presence of the fleet, and the more so because, as he regretted to have to state, the Admiralty had received remonstrances from some other parts of the United Kingdom against a similar visit. He should add that he did not think it was to the credit of those places that they should have objected to the presence of the fleet.