§ MR. HOOPER (Cork, S.E.)
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether any, and, if so, what quantity of butterine or butter substitutes for the use of the ships' companies was on board the ships of the Channel Squadron on their late visit to Cork Harbour; what was the contract price per cwt. of such butter substitutes; and, what proportion did that price bear to the price per cwt. of first and also second quality butter in the Cork market at the time of the Squadron's visit?
§ LORD CHARLES BERESFORD (A LORD of the ADMIRALTY) (Marylebone, E.)
(who replied) said: Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to answer the Question. Butter is not an article of ration in the Navy. It is only supplied to saloon messes of troopships. Ships' companies may buy privately butter, or butterine, or anything they like, so long as it is not of an alcoholic nature.