HC Deb 19 June 1912 vol 39 cc1673-4
10. Mr. HUNT

asked whether, in view of the fact that nearly half our imported supply of grain came in 1911 through the Mediterranean, how, under the new conditions of our weakness in naval power in that sea, our merchantmen bringing food supplies are to be protected in time of war?


In the disposition of the Fleets, all the attendant circumstances are taken into consideration.


Will that provide for the safety of the food supply?

An HON. MEMBER: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will consider the advisability of placing the ships built or now building in the Mediterranean for the purpose of safeguarding our trade route between this country and the Dominions?