§ 61. Sir NICHOLAS GRATTAN-DOYLE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the composition of the squadron of His Majesty's ships maintained in Indian waters at this date; what is the annual cost to-day; and what was the annual cost in 1891 when the agreement was made with the Indian Government for the payment of a subsidy of £100,000.
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Ammon)
The subsidy of £100,000 a year paid by the Government of India is on condition that there are always three of His Majesty's ships operating in Indian waters. To meet this condition and provide for normal refits and dockings, the Special Service Vessel "Triad" and three sloops are maintained at an estimated cost to Navy Votes of £132,000 a year. It is estimated that the annual cost in 1891 was £117,000 a year.