HC Deb 18 November 1902 vol 114 c1228

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that the leave of the men of the "Terrible" will expire just before the beginning of the Christmas leave, the Lords of the Admiralty can see their way to allow the men to combine the two periods of leave so as to return after Christmas.

(Answered by Mr. Arnold-Forster.) The Christmas leave at the ports has to be arranged in connection with the general duties of each port, and with regard to the personnel as a whole. The Admiralty do not consider it desirable to instruct the Commander-in-Chief to except from these considerations the men of any individual ship.