HC Deb 18 June 1912 vol 39 c1481

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider the desirability, in the interests of the safety of the trade routes of the Empire, of submitting to all the Dominions his views on the Imperial naval policy, and, further, suggest a day being devoted in every Parliament of the British Empire for a general debate thereon for the purpose of furthering this great scheme and thereby the undoubted supremacy of the Imperial Fleet of the British Empire?


At the Imperial Conference last year full statements upon Imperial naval policy were made to the representatives of the self-governing Dominions. Advantage will be taken of the forthcoming visit of Canadian Ministers to confer with them on this subject, and to give them the fullest information. It would not be desirable for us to take the action suggested in regard to the Parliaments of the various Dominions.


Will the right hon. Gentleman give us some undertaking that, in view of any alterations in the Mediterranean, he will at any rate give this House an opportunity of discussing this very important matter before anything is decided?


That does not arise out of this question.