§ Mr. WILKIE
asked the First Lord of the-Admiralty if he can state the number of auxiliary vessels, such as colliers, oil tankers, troop ships, store vessels, also trawlers and drifters used as minesweepers and patrol boats, which were required to attend on the wants of the-ships of the Navy during the War?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
At the date of the Armistice, 11th November, 1918, the number of the principal auxiliary vessels which attended on the wants of the ships of the Navy was 4,274. No troopships attended' regularly on the Navy, but occasionally parties of Naval ratings were conveyed to Naval Bases in troopships.