§ 13. Captain Viscount CURZON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can state whether the imperial Japanese navy suffered any material loss as a result of the earthquake in Japan; if so, in what respect; and whether the standard of strength of the imperial Japanese navy may be considered to have been materially affected?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Ammon)
As the reply is somewhat long, I will, with the Noble Lord's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Viscount CURZON
Can I have an answer to the last part of the question—whether the standard of strength of the imperial Japanese navy may be considered to have been materially affected?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Is not the point of the earthquake situation the financial damage caused to Japan?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir PAGE CROFT
Was a single Japanese ship sunk or seriously damaged as a result of the earthquake?
§ Following is the reply promised:
§ The material losses suffered by the Japanese navy due to the recent earthquake are:
- (1) The "Amagi," battle cruiser, at Yokosuka, suffered such severe structural
1721 damage that her conversion to an aircraft carrier has been abandoned, and she will be scrapped.
- The "Kaga," battleship, which was to have been scrapped under the terms of the Washington Treaty will now be converted into an aircraft carrier in place of the "Amagi." This, therefore, entails little or no material loss.
§ Oil Fuel.
§ About 84,000 tons of oil fuel belonging to the navy was destroyed, and the storage tanks in which it was contained were damaged.
§ Damage to Dockyards.
§ The naval dockyard at Yokosuka and private building yards at Yokohama, Tokyo and Uraga were severely damaged by the earthquake and fire, and will probably have a limited capacity of output for about 12 months, after which time they should be in full working order again.
§ Naval Establishments.
§ Various training establishments, the naval arsenal at Tokyo, and the cordite factory at Hiratsuka were completely or partially destroyed.
§ The damage to naval establishments, etc., is estimated at £10,000,000, which will be provided by Supplementary Estimates.
§ It is understood that the completion of the Auxiliary Shipbuilding programme has been postponed for one year until 31st March, 1929, and the completion of "Alterations to Capital Ships" for one year until 31st March, 1932. The completion of the "Extensions of Dockyards" programme will probably also he postponed for four years until 31st March, 1932. Money has already been voted for these, and the postponements are with a view to effecting temporary economies.