I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that there are about 700 men of the Home Fleet, which regularly visits Berehaven, who are members of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, and that the authorities of both these Churches have for fully two years pressed the Admiralty to grant a site at Berehaven sufficient for the erection of a hall in which to conduct religious services; and whether, seeing that such services are at present conducted in the open often under much discomfort, he can now grant the site asked for and arrange for giving possession without further delay.
The first application was made about eighteen months ago. The Admiralty have been anxious to meet the wishes of the Churches, and the difficulty in selecting a suitable site has now, I hope, been solved, so that an offer to use the land will shortly be made.
At whose expense will the site be provided?
At the expense of the Government.
Will you do the same for the Catholics? [No Answer was returned.]