HC Deb 10 February 1915 vol 69 cc551-2
15. Mr. WATT

asked how many submarines Germany possessed at the beginning of the War; how many of these have since been lost or destroyed; and how many new submarines have been launched by Germany since the beginning of August?


As stated in Returns already published to the House, shortly before the outbreak of War there were twenty-eight completed German submarines, and an additional sixteen were either under construction or had been authorised. Further, six submarines were stated to be under construction in Germany for foreign Powers, namely, one for Norway and five for Austria-Hungary. Since the outbreak of war no information on this subject has been published or authorised by the German Government.


Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how many have been destroyed or lost?


No return of casualties in this respect has been made by the German Government.