§ MR. ALLAN (Gateshead)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty what was the original cost of the twin-screw Nile vessels Albert, Arthur, and Ernest, and how much these vessels were sold for, and to whom; how many trips they made up the Nile before being sold; and whether their working was considered more satisfactory than the stern-wheel type of vessel?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. J. POWELL WILLIAMS,) Birmingham, S.
These steam vessels, when purchased in 1885, cost £12,500 each. They were sold some years afterwards at a heavy loss. Without reference to Egypt, I cannot say how many trips they made; I believe their working was not altogether satisfactory.
§ Mr. POWELL WILLIAMS
The new boats ordered will not be like the ones mentioned in the Question. There is a rule of the Department against giving the price of a particular purchase, or by whom the purchase is made, and it is not thought desirable to depart from the rule in this instance.