§ 16. Sir ROBERT HAMILTON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if any decision has been arrived at to make further efforts to remove the block-ships in the Holm Sound and Water Sound, Scapa Flow?
§ Mr. AMMON
I am glad to say that the operations for clearing the Channel in Holm Sound by the raising of the "Numidian" blockship have been successful, and the Admiralty propose to take steps at considerable public expense to prevent any repetition of the obstruction by the complete removal of the vessel from her present position. The Admiralty are not prepared to undertake any further work at the public expense in this connection when that operation has been completed.
§ Sir R. HAMILTON
Is the Admiralty prepared to take the unique opportunity of entering into negotiations with the firm that has a contract for raising the ex-German fleet, and see whether that firm could not remove some of these ships, which are causing much distress to the islanders?