§ 73. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to recommission the Admiralty yacht "Enchantress"; and, if so, for what purpose?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Ammon)
Yes, Sir; for a period of In days, in order to allow the Board of Admiralty officially to attend the review of the Fleet in July, and carry out an official inspection of the naval establishments at Portsmouth.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
How comes it that a Labour Government requires a yacht which was actually put out of commission by the Coalition Government?
§ Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN
Does the hon. Gentleman not think that the time has come to reconsider the question of the Admiralty yacht, and is it not the universal experience of First Lords that the service of the yacht was a great contribution to the efficiency of the Department?
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
I asked the hon. Gentleman for the opinion of the Gov. einment and not of the Sea Lords. Would the Government not reconsider the matter?
§ Viscount CURZON
Can the hon. Gentleman give the House any indication 609 of what it is likely to cost to restore and refuel this ship after it has been out of commission for 18 months?
§ Mr. NEIL MACLEAN
Will my hon. Friend assure the House that he is prepared to take this matter back, in view of the fact that even the small sum of money he has stated is necessary for other work that could be undertaken?
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Is it not a matter of general experience that all the duties of the Board of Admiralty can be performed much cheaper without a yacht? Will not the bringing forward of this yacht result in greatly increased expenditure?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Are we to understand that the Board of Admiralty are unable to travel by train, but must have sea transport? Could they not be well accommodated on board one of the men-of-war?