§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
An answer to this question would involve a detailed account of our dispositions, which it is undesirable to make, as such information would be of considerable value to the enemy, and cannot be made public. Much as we may regret the measure of success which followed the enemy's flying visit of last Friday morning and the attack of his submarine of last Saturday morning, involving as they did the loss of gallant lives on the trawler and the drifters, the death of one child in Dover, and inflicting injuries on seven other persons, to build upon that the contention that German raiders and submarines can operate with success in the Channel near Dover is entirely unjustified by the facts.
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I cannot give that assurance. No matter how tight your grip, or how complete your control of the seas, you cannot on black night, when 711 there is very little visibility, prevent attacks of this kind.
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Is it not the case that the Admiralty have every reason to be satisfied with the results which have been achieved in recent weeks by the Admiral Commanding the Forces at Dover?