§ MR. HEDDERWICK (Wick Burghs)
I bog to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the strong local feeling recently expressed in favour of the establishment of a naval training ship at a suitable station upon the west coast of Scotland, and to the fact that the nearest available training ship station at present is Queensferry, he will consider whether he can spare at least some inexpensive vessel which would serve as a training ship for youths of hardy physique and inured by the habits and circumstances of their lives to seafaring.
I can only repeat what I have frequently said in reply to the questions of hon. Members, that there is no intention of adding to the number of training ships for the Navy. The present number is such as the Naval Service requires. There is no such thing as an inexpensive training ship. It involves considerable establishment expenses both ashore and afloat.