§ Lord CHARLES BERESFORD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the regulations as to giving every tradesman at Portsmouth an equal opportunity of entering the dockyard and soliciting business on board His Majesty's ships are still in force; and, if not, will he state what is the purport of the new regulations?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
If any tradesman who is a British subject and of good character applies for permission to enter Portsmouth Dockyard for trading purposes, his application receives fair and equal consideration. The admission of traders to ships rests, as the Noble Lord is aware, with commanding officers, and the numbers admitted have doubtless sometimes, to be restricted. I am not aware of the existence of specific regulations on this subject.