HC Deb 17 May 1900 vol 83 cc407-8
MR. JOSEPH WALTON (Yorkshire, W.R., Barnsley)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the experiences of the gunboats "Woodcock" and "Woodlark," in their recent journey from Ichang-fu to Chung-King-fu, have shown that they are unsuitable in construction and steaming power for carrying on a continuous and effective patrol of the Yang-tsze-Kiang between these places; and, if so, whether her Majesty's Government will replace them by gunboats better adapted for the purpose.


A telegram has been received from the Commander-in-Chief on the China station, announcing the arrival of the "Woodcock" and "Woodlark" at Chung-king, and stating that the former would proceed to examine the river above Chung-king; but some time must necessarily elapse before a report can be received on the subject.