HC Deb 20 July 1896 vol 43 c141
MR. JOHN AIRD (Paddington, N.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether it is contemplated making such arrangements in connection with the forthcoming naval manœuvres as will afford the representatives of the people an opportunity of forming a judgment on the efficiency of the Navy?


I do not know whether my hon. Friend has more in his mind than a sight of the ships at anchor. If so, I may say that it is not contemplated to have a pageant or review, but the ships under Lord Walter Kerr, numbering nearly 50, including torpedo-boat destroyers, will, on the completion of the manœuvres, be at Spithead for a few-days, about the 4th, 5th, and 6th of August, previous to their dispersion, and facilities could be given to hon. Members to see them there if they wished it, but without a ceremonial.