§ 34. Mr. FELL
asked the Under-Secretary for India if the question of the cash contribution towards the upkeep of the Navy by India has been considered with the question of the contribution now made by the Australian Commonwealth, and the Dominion of New Zealand and other Colonies, both in cash and ships; and if the question of the contribution of one or more battleships by India has been discussed, and the effect that it would produce as evidence of the solidarity of the Empire in its defence?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Harold Baker)
The question of the cash contributions of India towards the maintenance of the Navy is considered from time to time in the light of existing circumstances. My Noble Friend has no further statement to make upon it at the present time.
§ Mr. FELL
Is the very large increased cost of the British Navy taken into account in assessing the amount?
§ Mr. HAROLD BAKER
I have no doubt that that is considered by the Secretary of State.