§ Mr. COCKS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the reasons for the monitor "Terror" being sent from Portsmouth to Singapore as a base ship; and what is to be the complement of officers and men, the cost of steaming or towing this ship this long distance, and the annual cost of maintaining her at Singapore?
Sir B. EYRES MONSELL
The development of the naval base at Singapore and its defences has now reached the stage when the presence of a base ship is required as in the case of other naval bases. The approved complement for His Majesty's Ship "Terror" of Singapore is 13 officers and 202 men. The cost of steaming the vessel to Singapore, including Suez Canal dues, is estimated at £3,100. The annual cost of maintaining the vessel at Singapore is estimated to be £13,900, excluding the pay of personnel