HC Deb 29 July 1907 vol 179 cc461-2

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the First Lord of the Admiralty relied on the best naval opinion or on his own conclusions in advising the Premiers at the Colonial Conference to spend money on small flotillas of torpedo boats and submarines as an admirable means of coast defence, and in the assertion that the use of this method of defence practically prevents all danger of a sudden raid such as might be made by a cruising squadron.


The hon. Member scarcely needs to be assured that my noble friend went to the Conference with a full sense of his responsibility, and put forward the carefully considered views of the Admiralty Board.