§ COLONEL DENNY (Kilmarnock Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty what amount of time and money has been incurred in overhauls on the "Hyacinth" and "Minerva" respectively since the date of handing over of the former by the builders, and how much of this has been expended during the 1392 financial year ending 31st March, 1903; what has been the mileage run, on trials and commissions respectively, by these ships since the date of intimation to the Boiler Committee that these vessels were ready for comparative trials.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
The total amount spent on repairs, alterations, and additions to H.M.S. "Hyacinth" since she was first commissioned on 3rd September, 1900, has been £19,255. The expenditure on H.M.S. "Minerva" for the same period was £7,310. For the financial year ending 31st March, 1903, the figures were:—"Hyacinth" £6,695; "Minerva" £2,890. It is not possible without reference to the dockyard to state the total number of days occupied by the repairs and alterations, nor is it possible to give the information asked for as to mileage run until the Engine Room Registers have been received. If my hon. friend will put another Question dealing with these points, I shall be happy to answer it.