HC Deb 16 September 1914 vol 66 cc927-8

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state whether steps are being taken to publish from time to time complete lists of the German and Austro-Hungarian vessels which have been captured, distinguishing between those which have been dealt with by the Prize Courts and those which have not, and indicating the ports in which the latter are?


Complete lists of the German and Austro-Hungarian vessels which have been detained in British ports, or captured at sea by His Majesty's armed forces, are published from time to time in the "London Gazette." The last list appeared in the Supplement to the "London Gazette," published on the 12th September. That list shows the ports at which the vessels have been detained.

Vessels detained in ports in the United Kingdom will be dealt with by the Prize Court in London, which duly advertises the dates when the various cases commence. The others will be dealt with in Prize Courts in the Dominions, Colonies, and India, a list of which is published in the "London Gazette" of 15th September, showing the dates on which the actions in certain of the cases commence.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many ships have been detained?


If the hon. Member looks at the "Gazette" of the 12th, the process of discovery will be that of an addition sum.