§ 12. Mr. WATT
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty for how many months a certain steamship was laid up in the Clyde, and why she was laid up; whether hire money has been or will be paid for the whole period she was laid up; if so, what the hire money amounts to; and, if hire was not paid for the whole period the ship was lying idle, for what period hire money has been or is being paid, and the amount of same?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of SHIPPING (Sir Leo Chiozza Money)
I have been asked to reply to this question. The ship referred to has been held available since February last for use in case of emergency, and for this purpose an agreement was come to with the owners by which she is maintained in this condition for payment of a very small sum barely sufficient 1529 to cover the necessary care and upkeep. The terms, indeed, are considered very favourable to the Government.
§ Sir L. CHIOZZA MONEY
No. The upkeep is only that which is necessary to keep her fit and ready for the very important use which has been found for her.