HC Deb 21 July 1910 vol 19 c1437

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government still adhere to the principles enunciated in the Memorandum on Sea Power presented by the Admiralty to the Colonial Conference in October, 1902, and amended in April, 1903, namely, that the primary object of the British Navy is not to defend anything but to attack the fleets of the enemy?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

In the opinion of the Government there is no inconsistency between the principles set forth in the Memorandum referred to and the statements made by myself and other Members of the Government as to the standard of naval strength.