§ MR. MAGUIRE (Donegal, N.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Channel Squadron intend visiting Lough Swilly in June or July this year, as is now reported; whether he is aware that it is about eight years since any number of Her Majesty's ships have visited Lough Foyle; and whether having regard to the importance of that station on account of it including a port where trans-Atlantic mails are embarked and delivered weekly he will cause the Squadron to visit it on this occasion?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Lord G. HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
Orders have been given for the Channel Squadron to assemble early in June, but the subsequent movements of the squadron have not been decided upon, as they will depend upon the arrangements for the Naval Manœuvres in which the 1667 squadron will take part. I cannot, therefore, state definitely at present whether Lough Swilly will be visited by the Fleet this summer.