§ LORD G. HAMILTON (Middlesex, Ealing)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if orders have been sent to the dockyards to commence the battleships which were to be laid down this year; and, if so, if he would be good enough to lay upon the Table a Memorandum containing the same information concerning these ships as was given to the late Parliament in reference to the battle-ships in the Naval Defence Act?
§ MR. E. ROBERTSON
The orders have not yet been given to the dockyards to commence the battle-ships to be laid down this year. The design is not yet completed. When completed the fullest particulars which can be given consistently with the public interest will be furnished.