HC Deb 13 July 1914 vol 64 cc1476-7

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that notice has been given to His Majesty's ship "Amphion," now lying at Harwich, to the effect that after the review that ship is to return to Harwich and give seven days' leave to each watch; that this means an outlay of £1 5s. to each man living at Devonport; and whether, in view of the fact that the crew abroad His Majesty's ship "Amphion" are mostly West Country men, he can see his way to make such changes in the order as will allow of the men not being out of pocket by having to pay expensive railway fares before they can join their wives and children?


I am aware that the existing orders are as stated by the hon. Member, but as orders are being issued for His Majesty's ship "Amphion" to be recommissioned at Devonport at an early date leave will now be given to her crew at that port on paying off.


Does the right hon. Gentleman intend to put in force the statement made by the First Lord of the Admiralty some little time ago that he would himself see into this matter?


The "Amphion" will pay off at Devonport, and therefore the men will not have to pay these railway fares.