§ MR. THOMASSON (Leicester
): To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the impending meeting of a second peace conference at the Hague, and the probable discussion at that conference of the question of the 9 limitation of naval expenditure, in regard to which complete comparative figures are not available, he will take steps to obtain a Return of the naval expenditure of the various Powers that will meet at the Hague, showing the total naval expenditure in each of the last ten years of the various Powers, and their expenditure, in each of the years named, on naval construction.
(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) The Admiralty would have no objection to grant a Return of the naval expenditure of the principal maritime Powers, so far as this can be ascertained, if the hon. Member will take the usual steps to move for it.