§ MR. BELLAIRS
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty what have been the respective numbers of destroyers laid down or projected by Great Britain and Germany for eleven years under the programmes of 1897–8 and subsequent years, after deducting any of these vessels which were subsequently lost or struck off; and whether he will at the same time state the largest number of 1339 destroyers we have had stationed abroad at any one time.
§ MR. LAMBERT
The numbers are-Great Britain, seventy-three destroyers, of which two have been lost; Germany, seventy-two destroyers and one divisional torpedo boat. The largest number of destroyers that we have ever had stationed abroad is forty-seven.