HC Deb 25 February 1907 vol 169 cc1241-2
MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that Germany will have, in a few months, sixteen or eighteen battleships ready for instant action, and as our Home Fleet must necessarily be a fleet in reserve, and therefore quite unable to be ready to meet a sudden attack, he will say what other battleships, besides the fourteen of the Channel fleet, will be instantly available to defend our shores.


While deprecating most strongly the selection of one particular Power as the hypothetical enemy, I cannot admit the hon. Member's suggestion that the Home Fleet will be unable to meet a sudden attack.


How can a fleet be said to be fully manned and instantly ready for sea when the crews are nucleus crews, some of whom are insufficiently trained and unused to their ships?


That is a question for debate on the Navy Estimates.