§ SIR WILLIAM HART DYKE (Kent, Dartford)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether there is any intention on the part of the War Office to relinquish the employment of the licensed watermen on the River Thames, and thus seriously injure the prospects of a large body of men who have obtained licenses by servitude?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Formerly a steam launch was attached to Woolwich Arsenal for the purpose of conveying stores on the Thames; and it is now proposed to replace this vessel, and to increase the transport establishment at Woolwich Arsenal by four or five lighters. It is not otherwise proposed to make any alteration in existing arrangements.