HC Deb 10 August 1904 vol 140 c7
MR. NORMAN (Wolverhampton, S.)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the proofs recently afforded of the trustworthiness, speed, simplicity, and comparatively low cost of small vessels propelled by petrol motors, he will consider the advisability of testing this class of vessel in His Majesty's Navy.

(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) The recent trials have been closely watched by representatives of the Admiralty, and practice tests will shortly be made with motor pinnaces.