HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 c1020
16. Mr. F. HALL

asked if any offer of naval assistance has been received from the Union Government of South Africa; and, if so, the nature of such offer?


I learned from a Press report that a resolution has been passed in the Union House of Assembly instructing the Union Government to consult with the Imperial Government as to the making of better provision for South African naval defence. The Union Government will no doubt take steps in accordance with this resolution.


In introducing the Naval Estimates, will the right hon. Gentleman inform the House what naval provision is necessary for the protection of the South African Dominions?


I am not sure whether that will be a subject which I can specially select to dwell upon. I think in view of the Resolution which has been passed that we had much better wait to see whether any further steps are taken by South Africa.