§ Lord CHARLES BERESFORD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether Mr. Gilbert Russell submitted an invention for fire control to the Admiralty in 1899; if so, whether his invention was fitted and tested in any of His Majesty's ships; what was the result; and whether Mr. Gilbert Russell has received any payment for his invention?
As regards the first part of the question, in 1907 Mr. Gilbert Russell wrote to the Admiralty darning to have originated an idea for assisting in fire control. Nothing is known of the details of the invention. In March, 1907, he was informed by the Admiralty to the effect that his claim was unfounded. The answer to the remainder of the question is in the negative.