§ SIR A. FORWOOD (Lancashire, Ormskirk)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the longest voyage made and the time occupied by one of Her Majesty's ships fitted with Belleville boilers, exceeding 1,500 tons displacement, other than the Powerful and Terrible?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
The only vessels in commission above 1,500 tons displacement, fitted with Belleville boilers, other than the Powerful and Terrible, are the Arrogant, Furious, and Diadem, attached to the Channel Squadron. The Arrogant has cruised since January in the same manner as other ships of the Squadron. The Furious and the Diadem have only recently been commissioned, but the latter is about to undergo a series of special trials to which I have previously referred.
§ MR. ALLAN (Gateshead)
May I ask the right honourable Gentleman, on these trials have all the boilers been in use?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
I have told the honourable Member that the Arrogant has performed its duties with the Channel Squadron precisely as the other vessels have performed theirs.