§ MR. HARMSWORTH (Caithness)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, having regard to the fact that the "Glatton," the "Gorgon," the "Hecate," the "Cyclops," the "Hotspur," the "Orion," and the "Wyvern," and also the gun vessels "Swift" and "Linnet," are armed with muzzle-loading guns, whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to strike these vessels off the effective list.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. ARNOLD-FORSTER, Belfast, W.)
The "Glatton," "Gorgon," "Hecate," and "Cyclops" are ships of no military value, and will shortly be removed from the effective list of the Navy. The "Hotspur" is in commission and is at present performing useful duties as guardship. The question of removing her from the effective list will be considered at the end of her present commission. The "Orion" is in reserve at Malta, and it has not yet been decided to strike her off the list. The "Wyvern" is to be used as a target ship on the China Station. The "Linnet" and "Swift" have already been removed from the effective list.