HC Deb 21 June 1910 vol 18 cc184-5

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many submarines in the British Navy were supplied with safety air-locks?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

I regret that in my answer to the hon. Gentleman's question yesterday, there was some confusion owing to both his questions, the one with regard to safety air-locks and the other with regard to safety helmets for submarines, having been considered together. If the hon. Gentleman will kindly permit me, to prevent any obscurity I will reply on both points now. The whole of the sea-going submarines in commission—47 in number— have been completely supplied with the life-saving device consisting of air-locks and helmets, sufficient in number for the entire crew. The only submarine boats in His Majesty's service which have not air-locks or safety helmets are the older non-seagoing vessels now on harbour duty, whose size does not permit of the necessary constructive alteration being made.


May I ask how many can get into those air-locks at the same time?


If the hon. Gentleman will give me notice, I will be very glad to inquire.