HC Deb 24 June 1907 vol 176 c869

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will state the names of the ships of the Channel, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Fleets which, since effect was given to the redistribution scheme, have been placed in dockyard hands for repair or refits, and the names of the ships by which they have been temporarily replaced in their respective squadrons; whether all such ships have been replaced; and, if not, what are the reasons for departing from the rule laid down.

(Answered by Mr. Lambert) The rule laid down is that ships undergoing "extensive refit" will be replaced in their respective fleets. The ships which have undergone such refit since the last redistribution of the fleet are—

Channel Fleet—

"Commonwealth" replaced by "Mars."

"Dominion" replaced by "Hannibal."

"Juno" replaced by "Gladiator." Atlantic Fleet —

"Exmouth" replaced by "Caesar."

Ordinary repairs have been proceeding as usual in all fleets, but these do not entail the replacement of the ship concerned.