§ Mr. HUDSON
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he can say whether the men who looked after the machinery of His Majesty's ship "Monarch" on her final acceptance trials belonged to the crew of the vessel, or were they skilled mechanics in the employ of the contractor who fitted the machinery into the ship?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
For special reasons, instead of the final acceptance trial of His Majesty's ship "Monarch" being carried out off the mouth of the Tyne and the vessel returning to the Tyne to discharge contractor's workmen, the trial was carried out during the passage south under the responsibility of the contractor who fitted the machinery into the ship, and a limited number of the representatives of this contractor took passage, in the ship. The engine-room complement was, however, composed of skilled naval ratings who were attached to the ship.