§ MR. GILHOOLY (Cork, W.)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whe- 8 ther information has reached him that, on the 11th ultimo, the Captain of Marines aboard the Shannon, stationed in Bantry Bay, sent a party of Marines to polish the floor of a house in which a ball was held, and that it is the practice of this officer to send Marines to prepare the tennis ground and to do various other works foreign to their ordinary duties; and, if so, whether such employment is sanctioned by the regulations of the Service?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON) (Middlesex, Ealing)
Some of the Marines of the Shannon appear to have volunteered their services in preparing a room for dancing and a tennis court on shore at Bantry. The men were not there during their working hours, and were remunerated privately. The Admiralty, under the circumstances, see no reason for interference.