§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester-shire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the "Sunfish" is one of the destroyers counted as immediately fit for service in the Mediterranean; whether she has been in dockyard hands for repairs since August, 1900; and whether it is anticipated that she will be completed for sea service by May next.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. ARNOLD-FORSTER,) Belfast, W.
The repairs to the "Sunfish" will be completed by May next, and she will then be counted as immediately fit for service. She was laid up in August, 1900, for the re-tubing of a boiler, and it was then found necessary to effect large repairs to the bottom reservoirs. The parts of these had to be manufactured in the United Kingdom, but have been forwarded to Malta.