§ SIR GILBERT PARKER (Gravesend)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admir- 1088 alty whether it is intended to increase the amount to be spent upon dredging Chatham harbours and approaches; and what is the amount intended to be spent during the current year.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. MCKENNA,) Monmouthshire, N.
The total expenditure on dredging at Chatham and on the Medway during the current year, is estimated at about £24,000. There will probably be some increase in the expenditure next year.
§ SIR GILBERT PARKER
Will the dredging of the next two years be such as to facilitate the entrance of such ships as the "Dreadnought?"
§ MR. MCKENNA
I should like notice of that Question. I do not anticipate that the dredging will be sufficient to enable the "Dreadnought" to come in.