§ 22. Viscount CURZON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what will be the destroyer strength of the British, American, and Japanese Navies in 1919; and what the position is to-day, eliminating in each case destroyers considered to be worn out or obsolete?
§ Mr. AMMON
On the basis that the useful life of a destroyer is 12 years, and that in the case of British destroyers one year's war service is equal to two years' peace service, the destroyer strengths on the 4th June, 1924, are
On the assumption that existing programmes authorised and projected will be completed, and taking no account of possible future programmes, the destroyer strengths on the 1st April, 1929, will be
British Empire … 197 United States of America … 279 Japan … 74
British Empire … 119 United States of America … 262 Japan … 82
§ Captain WEDGWOOD BENN
Is the formula of one year's war service equalling years' peace service applied to the strengths of all countries named in the hon. Gentleman's reply?
§ Captain BENN
What is the value of the comparison if you have artificial standards for British ships?