11. Mr. W. ADAMSON
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the reason for the delay in refitting His Majesty's Ship "Benbow" at Malta; and whether, seeing that the completion of the work upon the "Centurion" during this month would permit of the work on the "Benbow" 2283 being proceeded with immediately so as to prevent unemployment in Admiralty employ, he is prepared to reconsider the position?
§ Commander EYRES-MONSELL
The refit of His Majesty's Ship "Centurion" is due for completion to-day. His Majesty's Ship "Benbow" was due to be taken in hand on the 16th July, but I have no information at present as to whether the programme date has been adhered to. If any delay takes place it will be due to the exigencies of the Service and must be accepted.