§ Colonel HICKMAN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can state that none of the Committee appointed to inquire and report on the question of oil fuel for warships are personally interested financially in any oil company?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I purposely refrained from recommending for service on this Commission any person connected with the oil trade, and I have no reason to suppose that any of the distinguished gentlemen who have consented to act as Commissioners have a private financial interest in the matter. Had it been otherwise in any case acceptance of office would, no doubt, have been declined.