§ 16. Mr. WALLACE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of boom-defence boats lying at present in Inverkeithing harbour; what is the cost of maintenance; for how long a period they have been lying idle; and for what purpose they are being retained?
§ Mr. AMERY
Twelve boom-defence vessels are now lying in Inverkeithing Harbour. The cost of their maintenance 1083 is, approximately, £200 per boat per annum. The boats have not been employed since February, 1919. They are retained for future boom services, for which they were specially designed and employed during the War. Their construction, and the fact that they are unpropelled, renders them unsuitable for other naval purposes or for commercial use.