HC Deb 31 July 1916 vol 84 cc2086-7W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, in view of the fact that the disasters of the Dardanelles and the Bagdad advance are about to be inquired into by Commissions, whether he is aware that the entry of Turkey into the War originated in the escape of the "Goeben" and "Breslau" from Messina to the Dardanelles in August, 1914; and whether he can now publish the dispatches dealing with the matter, together with the dispositions of ships of which the Board of Admiralty have expressed their approval?


The Admiralty have hitherto only published dispatches which deal with actual engagements, and not reports on the dispositions of His Majesty's ships, whether or not those dispositions succeeded in bringing about an engagement. My right hon. Friend does not propose to depart from this well-established practice. He must not be assumed as giving unqualified concurrence to the view of my hon. and gallant Friend that the entry of Turkey into the War originated with the arrival of these two ships at Constantinople.