HC Deb 26 February 1912 vol 34 cc1143-4W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is satisfied that the reserves of coal for the Fleet are sufficient to meet requirements in the event of a coal strike; and, if not, what steps he intends to take to meet demands?


I am glad to be able to reassure the Noble Lord on this important point. Measures were adopted two months ago which have rendered the Fleet, both at home and abroad, independent of the consequences of a coal strike for a considerable time to come. It will not be necessary at present to interfere with the regular training of the various fleets and squadrons, provided a reasonable economy is observed.