HC Deb 17 October 1912 vol 42 c1420
85. Colonel BURN

asked the right hon. Gentleman if he will consider the suggestion that manœuvres with submarines could be more safely conducted nearer Torbay, with the Tallis as a base, instead of at Dover, where the sea-going traffic is much heavier and the risk consequently greater? I see the word "Tallis" is printed in the question. I do not know how it came there.


It probably means the Scilly Isles. I have recently stated that it is the practice, so far as possible, to avoid the risks incurred by submarines in much frequented waters; but the efficiency of the Service would suffer unduly if areas in which these craft may have to operate in war were wholly excluded. Perhaps I may add that the Straits of Dover, although very crowded in certain parts, are not crowded in other parts, and the parts where the exercises were carried out, I am informed, are very largely unfrequented by vessels. When the accident occurred the boats were not immersed, but were actually proceeding on the surface. I entirely agree with the view of the hon. Gentleman that the minimum of risk should be incurred, and I have given instructions to that effect.