HC Deb 07 November 1912 vol 43 c1456W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in co-operation with Lloyd's, confidential communications are addressed to the masters of British merchant ships in connection with the supplying of information, as regards the movements of foreign war vessels, to the Naval Intelligence Department of the Admiralty; if so, whether they attach no importance to the probability of such confidential communications and others of a similar character, wireless and otherwise, which may be necessary in war time, getting into the hands of aliens commanding and officering British merchant ships; and whether the officering of British ships as regards aliens and the manning of British ships as a whole are not in any way dealt with or looked upon by the Admiralty as important factors in case of war?


I have nothing to-add to the reply given to the hon. Member on the 30th of last month.