HC Deb 02 April 1919 vol 114 cc1168-9

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider if an exhibition of naval ships of all kinds can be arranged on the Thames during the forthcoming summer months, so that the capital of the Empire may see some of the men and the ships which have done so much to protect this country during the War?

13. Captain MARTIN

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will allocate a large portion of the Fleet to the Thames in connection with the prospective review?


No arrangements have yet been made for a naval review. Many of the ships of the Grand Fleet and of the other naval forces which have been employed in home waters during the War have been placed in Reserve. Many others have had their complements completed with crews drawn from the Permanent Service, and have been sent abroad to relieve other ships in order that the crews of these ships may be demobilised. The programme of such ships of the Grand Fleet as remain in commission at home has not yet been arranged, and must depend largely on the course of events at the Peace Conference. When the programme of these ships is arranged, my hon. Friends may feel assured that the claims of the Thames, which have already been advanced by the Lord Mayor of London to a visit from men-of-war, will receive full consideration.