HC Deb 12 March 1913 vol 50 c225
3. Mr. FALLE

asked if the submarines C 36, C 37, and C 38 left England on 8th February, 1911, for Hong Kong with their present crews, and that these crews, who have spent two summers in Hong Kong, are not to be relieved till May, while the crews of those gunboats and destroyers now in Chinese waters, who left England on the same date in his Majesty's ship "Crescent," but did not commission till April, 1911, are to be relieved this month; and, if so, if he can give any reason for the delay in relieving the crews of the submarines; and if he can give the rate of sickness among the crews of the submarines during the summer months in Hong Kong?


The relief crews for the gunboats and destroyers were sent in the "Royal Arthur," due at Hong Kong on the 18th April, and all available accommodation in that ship was filled. The submarine relief crews are being sent by mail steamer and are due at Hong Kong on the 24th April. During the summer months in Hong Kong, from the 1st April, 1912, to the 30th September, 1912, in the "Rosario," the parent ship, and submarines combined the average number of sick daily was 1.26 per cent. only.