HC Deb 27 January 1913 vol 47 cc1003-4W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the place in which a man was confined in His Majesty ship "Torch," and which has been described as a refrigerator, was in fact a deck house on the quarter deck containing the refrigerating machinery, which was idle at the time; that the cabin capacity was four times that of the regulation cell; that the lighting and ventilation were superior to any of the officers' cabins; and that the man in charge of the machinery was in the habit of sleeping there when the engines were not in use?


The expression I used was "the refrigerating room." The official report stated that cell punishment had been carried out in a portion of the engine room uptake and in the wireless room as well as in the refrigerating room. These places are all well ventilated and large enough for cells, but confinement in them is a breach of Article 743 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, in which it is laid down that confinement in any other closed place than the established cells or under a screen is forbidden.