§ SIR JOHN LENG (Dundee)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty 386 whether the disaster to the French submarine "Farfadet" having shown, like the casualties to the British submarines 1, 5, and 8, that the sinking of such vessels is followed by the drowning of every man under the hatches, the Admiralty will consider the necessity of fitting all our submarines, built and to be built, with hatches so made that in cases of emergency they can be quickly opened and so provide the crews with a way of escape.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. PRETYMAN,) Suffolk, Woodbridge
The opening of hatches under water would not provide a way of escape, but would admit the water and drown the crew. Both in the case of A 8 and the "Farfadet" the cause of the accident was that hatches were open which should have been closed.