HC Deb 16 May 1912 vol 38 cc1271-2
Viscount WOLMER

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the new German Navy Law; and whether he is able to make any statement as to the effect it will have upon British naval expenditure for the current year?


asked whether a situation has now arisen in which the foreshadowed supplementary increase in the Navy should be made; and whether he will state when such increase will be made?

Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)

asked if the right hon. Gentleman is yet in a position to state whether Germany proposes to modify the shipbuilding programme provided for under the German Navy Act of 1908 in such a way as to make it necessary to submit Supplementary Estimates in order to make the relative strengths of the English and German Navies fulfil the standard laid down by him?


It will be necessary to present additional Estimates for the Navy to the House this year. I am not yet in a position to say when the Votes will be taken.

Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)

Arising out of that answer, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is yet in a position to inform the House definitely whether the Government will, under the circumstances, lay down five "Dreadnoughts" this year instead of three?