HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc369-70
2. Commander Viscount CURZON

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if all the evidence taken before the Grand Fleet Committees A and B on the pay and circumstances of the officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines can be published for the information of the House and in time to allow of ample consideration before the Navy Votes are taken?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Long)

There is nothing confidential about this evidence, but if it be published the evidence of the 240witnesses examined at the home ports by the Jerram Committee should also be published. The evidence would fill a Blue Book of considerable bulk, and, in the opinion of the Admiralty, the labour and expense involved would not be justified. It could not, in any case, be published by the time the Navy Estimates are introduced.