HC Deb 21 February 1902 vol 103 c742

The same thing is true in regard to the cruisers. I know that at present it is a matter of criticism and remark that the cruiser strength of this country is not what it should be. I think that view is perfectly recognised at the Admiralty. As a proof of the fact that it is recognised, I would remind the House that we are at this moment building, or have just completed, no fewer than twenty very powerful armoured cruisers, and we are about to lay down six more. We are also asking the sanction of the House to lay down two in addition at the end of the coming financial year. As those cruisers become available, they can be despatched to take the places of, or to supplement, those which are already attached to our fleets, or those which are in reserve at home and abroad.