§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty to state what were the exceptional circumstances which prevented repair work to Admiralty overseas oil-tankers being carried out in the Royal dockyards in 1925–26?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Lieut.-Colonel Headlam)
The exceptional circumstances which led to a comparatively small amount of the repair work on Admiralty overseas tankers being carried out at home dockyards during 1925 may be summarised as follow:
- (i) The amount of repair work required to be carried out during 1925 was generally low in comparison with 1924.
- (ii) The employment of most of the vessels was overseas and led to work being done abroad or deferred.
- (iii) The visits to home ports were at places or times which rendered dockyard repairs impracticable.
- (iv) Casualties which necessitated repair at the nearest port with adequate facilities.