HC Deb 08 December 1927 vol 211 c1584W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, seeing that Plymouth at present provides the naval ratings for the hospital ship "Maine," he will consider the possibility of making the Plymouth command her headquarters when in England, instead of Portsmouth?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

"Maine" belongs to the Mediterranean Fleet, and has no headquarters other than Malta. Her last visit to this country was in 1925, when she called at both Plymouth and Portsmouth. She is about to revisit this country, but this time the port she will stay at is governed by her having to be refitted at Chatham.