HC Deb 20 April 1910 vol 16 c2072

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, if it was by his direction, suggestion, or sanction that the Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard, wrote on 16th April to the junior Member for Portsmouth to ask if it was correct that he visited the dockyard on Saturday the 9th and entered the muster station, and warned the hon. Member to apply for permission in the event of his desiring to pay any further similar visits?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

The hon. Gentleman's question contains the first information I have received upon the subject, but had I been informed of the occurrence at the time I should certainly have supported the action of the Admiral Superintendent.


May I ask why it is that some gentleman who is unknown and wishes to remain unknown has merely to blacken his face and he may go over the whole of the dockyards and His Majesty's ships without any trouble?


No; the hon. Gentleman has found from personal experience that it is not so easy to go over His Majesty's dockyards.