§ 4. Mr. J. HARRIS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that during the Naval Review certain guests of the Government entertained on the train and on various steamers were supplied with refreshments free of charge on the boats, but that part of the cost of the refreshments was demanded from these visitors when travelling by train; and whether he will explain why this differential procedure was adopted?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Ammon)
No differential treatment was extended to any of the Government guests at the Naval Review. All the guests were supplied with meals, including liquid refreshments, free of charge on board the vessels, and dinner free of charge on the return train journey. But in the latter case funds did not permit of the supply free of charge of liquid refreshments, and consequently guests had to pay for what they desired in the way of drinks.
§ Mr. HARRIS
Was any warning given to the Press representatives before they ordered their drinks on the train that they would have to pay for them?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Are we to understand that alcoholic liquors were provided free by the Government?