§ MR. TOMLINSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been called to the statement in The Times of the 20th March, to the effect that on the 9th March the Forward gun vessel, tender to the Channel Squadron, arrived from Malta and had to lie to for forty-five hours, being very much overladen, and had to throw overboard a large quantity of her deck cargo; and, whether the Board of Trade possess any jurisdiction over vessels belonging to the Royal Navy?
§ MR. CHAMBERLAIN
, in reply, said, the Board of Trade had no jurisdiction over vessels of the Royal Navy. As to the statement contained in the first part of the Question, he had been informed by the Admiralty that the Forward gunboat arrived safely at Suda Bay. The Admiralty had no information, confirma- 1035 tory or otherwise, of the statement contained in the Question.