§ MR. W. ALLAN (Gateshead)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty how many troopships have been sold during the last two years; and whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to dispose of the rest of these vessels?
§ MR. EDMUND ROBERTSON
Three of the Indian troopships have been sold by the Indian Government. One of the Indian troopships was bought by the Admiralty, and may be shortly utilised as a powder hulk. None of the Imperial troopships have been sold, two (Tyne and Wye) are still running. The Himalaya will be fitted as a coal-hulk. The Tamar is shortly proceeding to Hong Kong to be fitted as a receiving hulk. The Assistance may be shortly required as a powder hulk. The Malabar, Indian troopship, is still running.