HC Deb 26 April 1898 vol 56 c1198
SIR JOHN COLOMB (Great Yarmouth)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will arrange to have placed in the Tea Room or Library at once large charts of those portions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans lying between 10deg. and 50deg. N. latitude, showing the steaming distances between the chief ports of Spain and Spanish possessions, and between those of the United States and Spain and Spanish possessions, the main trade routes of the United States and of Spain, respectively, within, or crossing these water areas, and their approximate annual value, and the positions of the Spanish and United States fleets or squadrons, on the 23rd instant, as far as is known; and, if so, whether he will cause the Naval Intelligence Department to mark on the charts any changes of position from time to time of the naval force of Spain and the United States, according to latest information received?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanever Square

I will do my best to meet the wishes of my honourable and gallant Friend so far as it can be done, and I have directed the necessary arrangements to be made.