HC Deb 30 June 1927 vol 208 c577

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that general request No. 21, A,F.O. 1346, for better hygienic drinking arrangements, where necessary, to be fitted in all ships, with particular consideration to the engine-room and boiler-rooms, was put forward by representatives of the whole of the lower deck; and will he state whether the suggestions will he carried out?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

The existing drinking arrangements on board His Majesty's ships are considered to be hygienic. It is possible, however, that some different method of supply might be more convenient to the men and any suggestions submitted through the usual channels will be considered.


When a request was made was not the reply of such a character that the man could not understand it?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

I cannot quite answer that question. As far as I know there is no substantial ground for the hon. Member's opinion, and what I have answered is the case. If any good suggestions can be made, we are perfectly willing to consider them.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that if a man in the engine room wants a drink of water, he has to leave the engine room before he can get it?