§ MR. NIELD (Middlesex, Ealing)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can give the House any information as to the battleships of the "Dreadnought" type now building for the Brazilian Government; and whether he will give the House an assurance that the Government will take effective stops to prevent these vessels falling into the hands of other Powers, and thus disturbing the balance of naval power, not contemplated by the shipbuilding programmes of such powers.
§ MR. LAMBERT
It is understood that two battleships of the "Dreadnought" type are now being built for the Brazilian Government, one by Messrs. Armstrong and one by Messrs. Vickers. The Admiralty have no reason to suppose that transfer of these ships to any other foreign Power is contemplated.