§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the sudden departure of H.M.S. Triumph from Queenstown has prevented the completion of her repairs at Haulbowline, as promised by the Admiralty; whether he is also aware that the present great dearth of employment at these docks occupied the serious attention of the Queenstown Town Commissioners on Saturday last; and whether, under these 1062 circumstances, the repairs required by the new guardship Warspite, or at least those above water line, will be executed at Haulbowline?
THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Sir U. KAY-SHUTTLE-WOHTH, Lancashire, Clitheroe)
The Triumph will return to Haulbowline, when any unfinished repairs can be completed at that Yard. It is not practicable to distribute the repairs of the Warspite between Devonport, where she is now in dock, and Haulbowline, as the time required for the extensive repairs to her bottom enables the remaining small repairs to be completed economically at Devonport in the same time. Her future repairs will be carried out at Haulbowline to the extent which the appliances at that Yard will permit. With regard to the second paragraph of the hon. and gallant Gentleman's question, I have no doubt that the information which he gives is correct; but it has not been otherwise communicated to the Admiralty.