HC Deb 17 February 1908 vol 184 cc410-1

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the evidence given before the Royal Commission on the Militia and Volunteers by the Director General of Mobilisation and Military Intelligence, to the effect that it was the view of the Admiralty that the Navy can guarantee the complete protection of the United Kingdom against the danger of invasion by any larger force than 5,000 to 10,000 men; whether this opinion attributed to the Admiralty by the Director-General of Mobilisation and Intelligence correctly expressed the views then held by the Admiralty; and whether the same views are still held.

(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) The Answer to the first two Questions is in the affirmative; and, as regards the third Question, the matter is now being considered in the light of the most recent information, and it is not thought desirable to make any statement as to the numbers which may enter into the problem of defence.