§ 19. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give the House any information regarding the Naval construction programmes of the United States of America and Japan, specifying in each case the number of ships laid down and the class to which they belong?
§ Sir J. CRAIG
As the answer is a long one, perhaps the hon. Gentleman will allow me to publish it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ The following answer is supplied:
§ As regards the United States of America, in 1916 the United States Congress authorised a three years' programme —also in 1917, 250 destroyers and 30 submarines were authorised as a war measure.1216
§ The ships authorised by both measures are as under:—
§ Of the above the following are now under construction, together with one battleship belonging to the 1915 programme, the remainder having been completed:—
§ Japan has on hand (a) the balance of an old programme due for completion in 1923–24, and (b) a new programme due for completion in 1927–28.
§ (a) The residue of the old programme is:—
§ (b) The new programme provides for:—
|Destroyers||30 to 40|
§ The number of ships laid down, including those completing, in so far as is reported, is: —
|Destroyers||(at least) 8|
§ With regard to submarines, there is no official information available.
§ The figures in both cases are those reported up to the end of September, 1920.