HC Deb 17 May 1916 vol 82 cc1498-9
11 and 12. Mr. HOUSTON

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty (1) if he can explain why the steamship "Glenspean," on voyage from Canada to Havre, was kept lying idle in Cherbourg for about twenty-five days; and (2) whether he is aware of the delay experienced by British requisitioned vessels in French ports; and what steps the Admiralty propose to take to remedy this wasteful use of British vessels?


My hon. Friend must be aware that the delays to which he refers are due to congestion and to shortage of trucks and labour. The whole question is receiving the serious consideration of the Governments and Departments concerned.


Could not a little foresight on the part of the Government have obviated the sending of ships so soon?