§ 16. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the new naval plans of the United States of America in respect of warship construction this year; and whether he can give any details as to the similar plans of the Italian Admiralty?
§ Captain WEDGWOOD BENN
Does the hon. Gentleman now deny that the Government's cruiser programme has stimulated a competition in international armaments?
§ Mr. SOMERVILLE
Is it not the fact that these proposals were under consideration before we passed our own naval programme?