§ CAPTAN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that, owing to the absence of a suitable steam crane at Haulbowline Basin, a gun had recently to be lauded there by means of a temporary shear-legs, involving much expense and risk, and also that no appliance exists for raisiug a damaged armour plate or any other article from the bed of the dry dock; and will these two requirements be supplied during the current year?
§ THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. E. ROBERTSON,) Dundee)
From inquiries made at Haulbowline, it appears that no gun has been landed there for the last two years. It was not considered necessary to provide money in the current year's Estimates for supplying more powerful lifting appliances. In case of necessity, temporary shear-legs or other appliances could be arranged, as is constantly done at other establishments.
§ CAPTAIN DONELAN
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether, in the event of Her Majesty's ships receiving damage to their armour plates during the coming Autumn Manœuvres, the necessary repairs can be carried out with the present machinery there.