HC Deb 22 July 1912 vol 41 cc823-4W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many ships upon the active list, and of what classes respectively, were in dockyards on Tuesday, 9th July, 1912, and how many officers and men, respectively, were on board of them; and how many officers and men, respectively, had been withdrawn from them for service upon other ships in the review at Spithead?


The total number of ships in commission that were in dock- yard hands on Tuesday, the 9th instant, was thirty-seven, made up of seven battleships, six first-class cruisers, three second-class cruisers, two torpedo gunboats, eight destroyers, five torpedo boats, and six submarines. The answer to the last part of the question is six officers and 570 men. With the exception of one officer, none of them were withdrawn from Third Fleet ships, but only from the three gunnery training tenders that carry special complements. In addition, it is probable that a few warrant officers were also withdrawn, but this would be arranged locally, and there is no information on this point at the Admiralty.