HC Deb 29 February 1916 vol 80 c903W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been drawn to the issue of a Report on the Working of the Transport Department of the Admiralty, by Mr. T. Paterson Purdie, member of the Ship Licensing Committee, Board of Trade; whether he authorised a thorough investigation to be made by Mr. Purdie and a Report to be published; and, if not, whether this so-called Report was inspired or based on information communicated by an official of the Admiralty?


The gentleman referred to was informed—as any other shipowner who has made the inquiry has been informed—of the general system followed in requisitioning tonnage. Nothing of a confidential character was communicated to him, and he was therefore at liberty to send an account to the Press, a step which he took on his own initiative.