§ MR. MITCHELL-THOMSON (Lanarkshire, N.W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the temporary repairs to the main starboard crank-shaft of H.M.S. "Highflyer" have yet been completed; whether she is returning to England forthwith for permanent repair: and what ship relieves her.
§ THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. LAMBERT,) Devonshire, South Molton
The repairs on H.M.S. "Highflyer" undertaken at Bombay have been completed, and she is now at Colombo. The present intention is for her to meet 747 her relief, H.M.S. "Fox," at Suez, in the middle of August. On her return home, further repairs will be undertaken at one of the home dockyards.
§ MR. ASHLEY (Lancashire, Blackpool)
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that now the temporary repairs are completed it will be safe for the "Highflyer" to go through the Indian Ocean when monsoons are prevalent?
§ MR. LAMBERT
Yes, she is quite capable of doing the work at present required of her. She will soon be relieved.
§ MR. MITCHELL-THOMSON
But is not the "Fox" at present taking part in the manœeuvres? How can she be sent there by the time named?