§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
It is not in the public interest to state the measures adopted for the protection of shipping.
§ 69. Mr. BYRNE
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, if his attention has been drawn to the defence of the crew of a steamship of Dublin when attacked by a submarine in the Irish Sea on the 2nd January, 1918; and if he is aware that it is claimed by the crew that owing to their encounter the submarine has been captured; and if he will say whether the Government or the owners propose to reward these seamen?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Reports have been received of the encounter of this vessel with an enemy submarine on 2nd January. The submarine was not captured but continued operating. Further inquiry into the circumstances of the encounter is being made.