§ MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if, in a time of profound peace, when our battleships and cruisers are anchored in the waters near Portsmouth and elsewhere, any precautions are taken which would make it impossible for a treacherous foe to surprise our vessels and destroy them with torpedoes; and, if not, will he consider what means should be taken to provide against such a contingency?
§ MR. LAMBERT
I think my hon. friend's Question can hardly be intended seriously, but I may say by way of reply, that an attack on the Fleet by a friendly nation at a period of profound peace, without any warning, is not, in the opinion of the Board of Admiralty, a possible contingency.