HC Deb 19 July 1912 vol 41 c696W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what train arrangements between London and Spithead were made for the Press in connection with the Naval Review of last week; whether the accredited representatives of the English and Canadian Press were refused permission to make use of the train facilities provided by the Admiralty, with the exception of those journalists who were officially described as the personal guests of the First Lord; and whether he will consider the advisability of avoiding discriminations of this character in future?


No special trains between London and Portsmouth were arranged for in connection with the official visit to the Fleet. The only special trains arranged for were between London and Southampton, in connection with the "Armadale Castle," which sailed from Southampton. It was impracticable for the representatives of the Press, selected by the various newspapers and agencies to which invitations had been sent, to make use of these special arrangements, as they embarked in the "Harlequin" at Portsmouth, but the hours of the departure and return of this vessel were carefully timed to fit in with the ordinary express train service. As the hon. Member's question might seem to imply that the comfort of the representatives of the Press was not properly provided for, I should like to add that amongst a number of expressions of satisfaction with the arrangements made, is one from the council of the Institute of Journalists.