§ Mr. WATT
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, when canvas and other fittings of the small wooden boats utilised on board destroyers, small cruisers, and other craft are reported as having been washed overboard, the officer in charge is called upon by his Department to make payment of the losses?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
If the loss were accidental, no charge would be made; but if it were due to negligence, the officer or rating responsible is liable for the value of the article lost? There may, however, in very exceptional cases, be circumstances connected with the loss which would justify the remission of the whole or a portion of the value.