HC Deb 20 July 1916 vol 84 cc1195-6

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to exhibit a captured German submarine in the Thames; and, if so, what opportunity the public will have of seeing her?


The Board of Admiralty propose to bring a captured German submarine of the mine-laying type—"U.C/"—up the Thames to lie alongside Temple Pier and to be on view to the public—in much the same way as the aircraft, torpedoes, and guns were exhibited on the Horse Guards Parade. It will be on view at this pier for a fortnight, beginning Wednesday, 26th July. I ought perhaps to say that it will not be possible to go on board. As a matter of traffic regulation, from the point of view of the police it is considered necessary to control admission to the pier and to charge a small admission fee. The charge will be 6d. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3d. from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parties of children from schools and institutions will be admitted in the mornings, by arrangement, at a charge of 1d. a head. The hours of admission will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day (including Sundays). The proceeds will be devoted to Naval and Merchant Service charities, with a contribution to the Police Orphanage, and the amount and its distribution will be made public in due course.


Is there no means of making use of this weapon against the enemy?


I am afraid it might be mistaken for an enemy, but I will note the point.


Could it not be exhibited on the terrace of the House of Commons free of charge?


I presume the hon. Member means "off" the terrace, not "on" the terrace. I do not think it possible, but I will have the point considered.