HC Deb 15 July 1936 vol 314 c2027
25. Lieut. - Commander FLETCHER

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether advantage will be taken of the forthcoming cruise of His Majesty's yacht, "Victoria and Albert," to obtain a report on the qualities of this vessel as a sea-boat; and whether her sea-going qualities are in every way adequate for the duties she may be called upon to perform?


Whenever a ship makes a cruise it is the practice to observe the sea-going qualities of the vessel. As regards the second part of the question, it must be remembered that the "Victoria and Albert" is 35 years old, and consequently has certain restrictions placed on the use of her machinery. The duties she is called upon to perform must necessarily be subject to these restrictions.


In view of the age of the vessel, is she properly equipped to withstand the rigours of a summer cruise round the British Isles?