HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1326-7
13. Colonel GRETTON

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the lands, buildings, and fortifications, formerly the property of the British Government, at Berehaven, Haulbowline, and Lough Swilly have been transferred as the property of the Irish Free State; and will he say what working arrangements have been made for the use of these lands, buildings, and fortifications for the purposes of the Royal Navy?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Amery)

As far as the Admiralty is concerned, the reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, except for Berehaven, which is expressly reserved under the Treaty. I understand that the Army fortifications at Haulbowline and Lough Swilly are similarly reserved. Under Section 7 (b) of the Treaty, the Government of the Irish Free State will afford, in time of war, such harbour and other facilities as the British Government may require for purposes of defence.


Are there any care-taking parties or any stores in occupation on the part of the Navy in any of these places now?


I should require notice of that question.