§ MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether steam colliers are to accompany any of the divisions of the Manoeuvring Squadrons for the purpose of testing and ascertaining the possibility of coaling ships at sea, or is it intended that both the supposed hostile and defending forces are to be supplied with coal as though no experimental Naval War existed?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Lord G. HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
Steam colliers are assigned to each of the Manoeuvring Squadrons, and the arrangements have been devised so as to represent the actual conditions of war as far as peace manoeuvres render it possible. No special arrangements have been made for testing the coaling of ships at sea.