§ 35. Mr. Stokes
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why, in view of the fact that it was thought necessary to hold a court-martial over the sinking of His Majesty's Ship "Ark Royal," there has been no court-martial or inquiry into the sinking of His Majesty's Ship "Glorious"?
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for North Camberwell (Mr. Ammon) on 31st July, 1940, to which I have nothing to add.
§ Mr. Stokes
May I ask the First Lord whether, as political head, he was in control and responsible for the operations during which the ship was lost, or whether the control was taken out of his hands by the Minister of Defence?
That is an extraordinary question to put to me. The operations that were proceeding when the "Glorious" was lost were under the proper control of the Commander-in-Chief of the area, and he was operating as he should have operated.