§ MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)
To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, with reference to the official statement furnished to the House of forty-one groundings of His Majesty's ships in 1905, whether these groundings include vessels not in the Navy List, seeing that they are not all mentioned in the Return, No. 319, of casualties to ships on the Navy List during 1905; and whether he is aware that Return No. 319 has already been shown to have omitted cases of vessels in collision.
(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) The statement of groundings included only vessels shown in the Navy List. Cases in which a ship touches ground where no damage is done and no blame is attributable are not regarded as "casualties" for the purposes of the Return mentioned. My attention has already been called to several accidental omissions of an unimportant nature.