HC Deb 13 June 1910 vol 17 cc1022-3

asked what appliances, if any, the Admiralty have at their command for raising a submarine in the event of an accident and the vessel sinking; whether these appliances were as complete as possible and sufficient to meet the case of any emergency that may arise; and in what way our appliances differ from those used in similar circumstances by the German naval authorities?


There are numerous salvage appliances at the dockyards which are available for the salvage of submarines as well as of other vessels. These include lighters specially fitted for salvage work; and provision has been made in the current Navy Estimates for the commencement of a vessel which will be specially suitable for salvage of submarines. A large number of submarines are also fitted with special safety helmets for use of the crew in an emergency. The provision made generally is, in the opinion of the Board, adequate for any probable emergency. We have no information as to what appliances would be used in Germany in I similar circumstances.


Is there a helmet for each member of the crew?


I should not like to answer without notice.