HC Deb 22 October 1908 vol 194 cc1340-1
MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the reply of the Admiralty to the request of the New Zealand Government for a vessel for the purpose of training young New Zealanders for the Navy has occasioned disappointment and discouragement in the Dominion; and whether he will make further inquiries as to the possibility of acceding to the patriotic desire of the Colony.


It is a matter for sincere regret to me if the answer of the Admiralty has occasioned discouragement in the Dominion, but every inquiry was made at the time with a view to the possibility of meeting the wishes of the Dominion Government. It must be understood that to carry out efficiently the training of as many as 500 boys in a seagoing ship, a very special class of vessel is necessary, and at that time and now, no such vessel in the Royal Navy is available.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make further inquiries?


I have made every investigation which is possible in the matter.