HC Deb 01 March 1937 vol 321 c18
37. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many of His Majesty's naval vessels were fuelled with coal in 1909 and what was the quantity of coal consumed by the Admiralty for the 12 months ended December, 1929; and how many naval vessels are now fuelled with coal and the quantity consumed for the year ended 1935?

Mr. Lindsay

I assume that the comparison intended is between the year 1909 and the present. Excluding small auxiliary craft such as trawlers and drifters, there were, in 1909, 447 vessels of the Royal Navy fitted to burn coal, and at present there are 51. In 1909 His Majesty's ships consumed 1,192,000 tons of coal and in 1935, 209,000 tons. In addition, shore services accounted for a further consumption of 168,000 tons in 1909 and 227,00o tons in 1935.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Have the Admiralty any intention of using more coal on their vessels in the future?

Mr. Lindsay

No, Sir.