HC Deb 02 July 1919 vol 117 cc943-5
8. Commander Viscount CURZON

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty where is the ex-German battle-cruiser "Goeben"; whether she has been definitely surrendered, and, if so, by whom is she manned; and whether any decision has been arrived at as to her disposal?


in accordance with Article VI. of the Armistice Convention with Turkey, the "Goeben" is interned at Ismid. So far as is known, no definite decision has yet been come to as to her final disposal. It is assumed this question will be, dealt with in the Terms of Peace with Turkey.


Have steps been taken to prevent this ship from being scuttled


It is in care of a Turkish management committee, and I think I am right in saying that in Article 13 of the Turkish Armistice the destruction of naval and military material is forbidden.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

As this is a matter of very great importance, cannot officers be sent out to take definite possession of this ship by Englishmen?


That would be in direct contravention of the terms of the Armistice.

9 Commander BELLAIRS

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) whether he will publish the battle orders to the Commander in-Chief of the Mediterranean Squadron at the beginning of this War;

(2) whether he will publish all war signals which passed between the Commander-in-Chief and the second in command. Admiral Troubridge, during the period covering the escape of the "Goeben"?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statement which the First Lord made regarding these matters on the l5th April last. It is not advisable yet to publish papers in connection with this incident.

Commander BELLAIRS

Is it not the case that both Admiral Sir Berkely Milne and Admiral Troubridge desire publication, and is it not right that, now Peace has been signed, they should be able to defend their reputation?


In regard to the first part of the question I have no information. As to the second part, I will put it before the First Lord-