asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what vessels of war are at present stationed on the North American and West Indies station; what would be the extra cost of sending those vessels to Rio de Janeiro for the forthcoming exhibition; and whether this has been considered by their Lordships and with what result?
The force attached to the North America and West Indies station consists of the light cruisers
- "Calcutta," and
- "Valerian" and
Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think that these four magnificent light cruisers would be better than nothing at Rio?
Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that men engaged in commerce are extremely anxious that British ships should go to Rio?
I am quite aware of that.
Could the hon. and gallant Gentleman say how long it is since the British flag has been shown in those waters?
I should like notice of that question.