§ 48. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Prime Minister if the proposal for building a naval base at Singapore at a cost of £11,000,000 has been considered by the Army and Air staffs; if these staffs have approved; and, if so, the date of their respective approvals?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The answer is in the affirmative. The General staff and Air staff, as well as the Naval staff, took part in the proceedings of the Committee of Imperial Defence on this subject and approved its recommendations. The date of the final recommendation of the Committee that the decision of the late Government be re-affirmed was 14th December, 1922.
§ Major Sir BERTRAM FALLE
Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us if the men to be employed are Chinese or white men?