§ MR. J. F. HOGAN (Tipperary, Mid)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether the correspondence between Lord Brassey, Governor of Victoria, and Admiral Bridge, recently published in the Sydney and Melbourne newspapers, has yet come under his official cognisance; is it usual for the Admiral in command of the Australian Station to formally report to the Admiralty any correspondence he may have with Australian Governors on naval matters; and, whether there are any insuperable difficulties that would prevent compliance with Lord Brassey's request that one or more of Her Majesty's ships in Australian waters should pay periodical visits to the harbour of Melbourne?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
The answer to the first question is "No." In regard to the second question, the Commander-in-Chief would exercise his discretion in reporting his correspondence with Governors to the Admiralty. The third question is not intelligible, as Her Majesty's ships do pay periodical visits to the harbour of Melbourne.